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January 17, 1977

d'Abreu's Practice of Cardiothoracic Surgery

JAMA. 1977;237(3):276. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270300080019

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This is a fine text dealing with lesions of the lung, thoracic cavity, esophagus, and heart. A strong feature is the excellent, complete approach to the disease entity, and the step-by-step reasoning regarding therapy. The very practical text offers an immense number of therapeutic opinions to the practicing surgeon. The book has good chapters on esophageal and pulmonary disorders as well as on the approach to abscesses of the chest and diaphragm. The noteworthy illustrations and the systematic approach to these areas will benefit any student or surgeon interested in thoracic and esophageal disease.

The sections on cardiac disease are a little less detailed but give an overview of the goal of the surgical treatment, eg, when a palliative or a corrective procedure is indicated in congenital heart disease. The illustrations, precise and diagrammatic, adequately demonstrate the pathophysiology of the congenital, acquired, and coronary sections.

Overall, the book is of