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This monograph on operative thoracoscopy is timely and well written. Although the field is narrowed to a specific procedure, the many facets of the subject are adequately presented. The types of pleural adhesions and their relation to thoracoscopy are discussed. Adhesions are clearly depicted in both illustrations and text, and a picture of each is included. The use of green, red, and black coloring (figures 52 and 53) in the illustration of a new operating thoracoscope is commendable. Figures 10 and 11, left and right views of the upper mediastinum, are excellent. To give a third dimensional effect, the figures are drawn so that the view is upward into the chest from below, with just enough obliquity so that both the upper mediastinum and the thoracic inlet are clearly visible. The color in these illustrations is of a good quality. Numerous roentgenograms amplify the text. The book is recommended to
Operative Thorakoskopie. JAMA. 1953;152(10):982. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690100100036
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