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This is a rather brief monograph on an extremely broad subject—so broad that complete coverage is probably impossible. It is very interesting reading and will provide some thought-provoking concepts and techniques to the practicing general surgeon. Every reader will find thoughts and statements with which he or she disagrees, but the problems of reoperation on the gastrointestinal tract are so severe and so potentially serious that the surgeon is grateful for any assistance.
The chapter on diagnostic radiology is extremely well written. This is followed by an excellent review of invasive radiology. This field has developed so rapidly in recent years that this presentation will undoubtedly soon be out of date. Nonetheless, we all know the enormous value of the invasive radiologist as a colleague in surgical patient care. The chapter on abdominal sepsis is brief but certainly renders very clear the general concepts of diagnosis and treatment. The details
WOODWARD ER. Reoperative Gastrointestinal Surgery. Arch Surg. 1989;124(10):1248. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1989.01410100154029