February 1995

Minimally Invasive Surgery and New Technology

Author Affiliations

Albuquerque, NM


edited by Felicien M. Steichen and Roger Welter, 762 pp, $130, St Louis, Mo, Quality Medical Publishing Inc, 1994.

Arch Surg. 1995;130(2):229-230. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1995.01430020119026

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The textbook Minimally Invasive Surgery and New Technology represents the published transactions of an international congress held in Luxembourg in September 1992. The meeting was organized by Felicien M. Steichen, MD, and Roger Welter, MD, who were also responsible for editing this book. The result is a very ambitious effort by the editors to reproduce the presentations of the entire congress within a single text. Over 300 authors are included, the vast majority representing European medical centers.

Although without a doubt the main focus of the program was laparoscopic surgery, the editors have put together a collection of manuscripts that really are best described by the concepts of minimally invasive therapy and advanced diagnostic modalities. The text is divided into 21 sections with 140 separate chapters. Several authors have described their experiences with diagnostic laparoscopy and biliary tract surgery, including various methods of treating the patients with complex choledocholithiasis. Considerable

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