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May 30, 1977

Operative Surgery: Fundamental International Techniques; Vascular Surgery

JAMA. 1977;237(22):2426. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270490066042

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Distilling the best contributions of 21 experts, this internationally recognized atlas boldly ignores that dying breed known as "the occasional vascular surgeon." Illustrations of common operative exposures, for example, merely depict the skin incision and a final sketch of the pertinent vascular anatomy; the reader must know enough anatomy to safely get between the two stages diagramed.

The trade-off for this lack of profusely labeled detailing comes in the greater coverage of unusual procedures, eg, the operative relief of superior vena caval obstruction, meralgia paraesthetica, or arterialization of the portal vein. In addition, a range of operative choices not often displayed in surgical atlases is achieved by the frequent inclusion of alternative approaches to each procedure. Hints on how to make things easier abound as well. For instance, during aortoceliac bypass the distal anastamosis is placed on the side of the splenic artery instead of into the less convenient main