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Book and Media Reviews
August 20, 2008

Maingot’s Abdominal Operations

JAMA. 2008;300(7):852-853. doi:10.1001/jama.300.7.jbk0820-d

When Maingot’s was last published, Bill Clinton had just started his second presidential term. By obvious necessity, the 11th edition has been totally revised by its editors, Michael Zinner and Stanley Ashley. Keenly aware of the trend toward subspecialization in abdominal surgery over this last decade, the editors have chosen to narrow the focus of Maingot’s from “all types of abdominal disease and injury,” as stated in the preface of the previous edition, to “disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.” In this change of focus, the sections on trauma, vascular, pediatric, and gynecological procedures have been jettisoned. The text has been condensed from 2 volumes, 82 chapters, and 2150 pages to 1 volume, 54 chapters, and 1266 pages. The authors believe this leaner edition will maintain Maingot’s niche among the pantheon of surgical textbooks, offering “a comprehensive discussion of surgical diseases” of the gastrointestinal tract, “with a focus on operative strategy and technique.”