January 1993

Mastery of Surgery

Author Affiliations

Oakland, Calif


2nd ed, edited by Lloyd M. Nyhus and Robert J. Baker, 1891 pp with illus, $250, Boston, Mass, Little Brown & Co Inc, 1992.

Arch Surg. 1993;128(1):111. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1993.01420130123021

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The Jedi have returned, Batman has reappeared, and now, 8 years after its initial edition, a new, updated, and expanded version of Mastery of Surgery has arrived.

This big book (almost 2000 pages in 2 volumes) tries to encompass a considerable spectrum of surgical practice. It presents the reader with nine sections (100 pages) of general principles of importance in evaluating and caring for patients undergoing operations. There are 185 sections of surgical procedures, including procedures involving cases of trauma, with pertinent anatomic background and illustrations of step-by-step operative technique, each written by an acknowledged expert or team of experts in the field. Each section concludes with concise editors' comments that broaden or clarify or summarize the concepts in that field.

Such new material as an excellent article about operations on the trachea by Grillo, a discussion of carcinoma of the breast in situ and segmental mastectomy, a wonderfully clear

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