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Book and Media Reviews
September 12, 2007

Mastery of Surgery

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(10):1220-1225. doi:10.1001/jama.298.10.1220

The beauty of Mastery of Surgery since its first edition in 1984 has been its unique format. The text was designed to help both the practicing surgeon and surgical resident improve their surgical outcomes by stressing “refinements in techniques.” The text has been formulated, developed, and refined by a group of internationally recognized masters in surgery.

The scope of the text has always been consistent with the broad training of a general surgeon, providing extensive coverage of vascular surgery as well as of common thoracic, head and neck, urological, and gynecological procedures. Anatomy chapters were scattered through the text, and every chapter ended with an insightful “Editor's Comment.” Drs Nyhus and Baker intended these comments to “emphasize important points” and “to add a contrapuntal review” but not to criticize or refute an individual author's approach.