August 1988

Therapeutic Endoscopy in Gastrointestinal Surgery

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by Raphael S. Chung, 271 pp, with illus, $45, New York, Churchill Livingstone Inc, 1987.

Arch Surg. 1988;123(8):1025-1026. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1988.01400320111030

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Therapeutic Endoscopy in Gastrointestinal Surgery is an innovative monograph by a leader in this rapidly emerging field. Dr Chung more than adequately demonstrates that the combination of therapeutic endoscopy (performed by surgeons or physicians) with operative gastrointestinal surgery results in a whole that is more than the sum of its parts. This book is designed to improve the care of patients with selected gastrointestinal disorders by integrating the successful techniques developed by therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopists with the principles and techniques of operative gastrointestinal surgery. This goal is well accomplished, and the result is a work that highlights the advantages, disadvantages, limitations, and liabilities of each approach.

The work is organized into three main sections: (1) endoscopic management of gastrointestinal hemorrhage, (2) endoscopic management of obstructive jaundice, and (3) endoscopic treatment of obstructing intraluminal lesions and foreign bodies. Twelve separate chapters convey the author's comprehensive knowledge of both operative gastrointestinal surgery

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