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May 27, 1968

An Atlas of Advanced Surgical Techniques

Author Affiliations

Denver, Colo

JAMA. 1968;204(9):834. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140220082037

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There are plenty of atlases available describing how to perform common general surgical procedures. We are now in an era of secondgeneration atlases, where the newer, more difficult, and less common operations are being described. The new Atlas of Advanced Surgical Techniques is such a volume. It aims to provide the trained surgeon with a ready reminder of how he was taught to do a procedure that he probably seldom performs.

The operations described are varied but in general are on the borders of general surgery. Of the 29 procedures, 7 are of the head and neck; 6 of the chest; and 12 of the abdomen and pelvis. Many are procedures usually performed by the specialist but which the general surgeon occasionally finds within his practice. There are a few old friends, such as total colectomy and abdominal perineal resection, but the majority are nodding acquaintances, such as ileal conduits,