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The fact that this second edition is published four years after the first indicates the book's popularity. There are 11 chapters dealing with the surgical anatomy of the thorax, general technical considerations, thoracic incisions, operations on the thoracic wall, and operations concerning the pleural cavity, on the lung, within the mediastinum (including the surgery of the great vessels), on the esophagus, on the abdomen through thoracic incisions, and on the diaphragm. The author states in the preface that "the present volume is based upon the concept that any properly qualified surgeon can acquire with relative ease a satisfactory proficiency in thoracic surgery by employing the techniques herein described." The discussions are based on the author's large experience and preferences. The strongly didactic style allows the book to be read with great ease. It is intended primarily for residents and surgeons who are neophytes in this field; for the experienced specialist
Thoracic Surgery. JAMA. 1954;154(17):1472. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940510072040
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