May 1994

Manual of Laparoscopic Surgery

Author Affiliations

St Louis, Mo


by Christian Klaiber, Alejandro Metzger, and Joseph Petelin, 262 pp, with illus, Seattle, Wash, Hogrefe & Huber Publishers, 1993.

Arch Surg. 1994;129(5):562. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1994.01420290108018

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The Manual of Laparoscopic Surgery is an English translation of a text first published in 1992. The authors accurately describe their manual in the introduction as being limited to the description of laparoscopic appendectomy, cholecystectomy, adhesiolysis, and emergency laparoscopy, topics with "which we have sufficient experience and can present reliable results."

The textbook is divided into two main sections: "General Considerations" and "Specialized Procedures." In the first section, the chapter entitled "Equipment" depicts instruments manufactured by a single manufacturer (Wolfe). Basic laparoscopic instrumentation is covered adequately, and at the end of the chapter are several checklists of instruments for different laparoscopic operations and troubleshooting charts covering problems that may be encountered with the insufflating machine, light source, and video equipment. Each of these charts ends with the ultimate proviso, "Inform technical department!" The next chapter, "High Frequency Electrosurgery," describes the basics of monopolar electrocautery and the use

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