October 1991

Atlas of Esophageal Surgery

Author Affiliations

Greenville, NC


By David B. Skinner, 186 pp with illus, $125, New York, NY, Churchill Livingstone Inc, 1991.

Arch Surg. 1991;126(10):1311. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1991.01410340153024

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"A picture shows me at a glance what it takes dozens of pages of a book to expound."—Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (1818-1883)

An atlas of surgery by one of the masters in the field is a treat, especially if it is well illustrated and if the text is clear and concise. David Skinner, certainly one of the world's authorities in esophageal surgery, has provided us with a crisp, finely drawn atlas that reviews the operative approaches to the esophagus nicely and completely. The book covers the various surgical approaches through the neck, chest, and abdomen; provides illustrations for the different resections for malignancy; and offers a good review of reconstructive operations. The bypass procedures and antireflux repairs are well covered. Particularly well done are the chapters dealing with strictures, motor disorders, and esophageal rupture.

The drawings, all rendered by Kathy Hirsh in halftones, are unusually clear and are esthetically appealing. The

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