May 1991

Current Practice of Surgical Stapling

Author Affiliations

Shreveport, La


edited by Mark M. Ravitch, Felicien M. Steichen, and Roger Welter, 324 pp, with illus, $79.50, Philadephia, Pa, Lea & Febiger, 1991.

Arch Surg. 1991;126(5):657. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1991.01410290135032

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In June 1988, the Second International Symposium on Stapling in Surgery was held in Luxembourg. Fifty-one papers by 132 authors from 14 countries were presented. This book is a compilation of those papers.

On opening this book, one senses that it is a special volume because of a picture of Mark and Irene Ravitch. This is occasioned by the death of Mark Ravitch, one of the book's editors, between the symposium and the book's publication. A tribute to Ravitch by his fellow editor, collaborator, and friend, Felicien Steichen, follows the picture and will be appreciated by Ravitch's many friends and admirers.

It is fitting that the early chapters are devoted to a review of the historic aspects of mechanical sutures as recounted by Ravitch and Steichen. These chapters are a continuation of their classic contributions in this field and make fascinating reading.

This book is well organized into 10 parts

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