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October 7, 1974

Abdominal Operations

Author Affiliations

University of Colorado School of Medicine Denver

JAMA. 1974;230(1):135. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240010093050

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The heavens have reopened and a new edition of the Bible has appeared. Ninety-seven British and American Prophets have contributed 111 chapters to this 2,240 page sixth edition of Maingot's classic atlas of abdominal surgery. The Master who— as editor—alone uses the first person singular, has written 43 chapters.

This is an updated version of the Old (fifth edition) Testament. There are 26 new chapters and many radical revisions of the old. Maingot has, in general, chosen wisely in what he has added. There are good chapters on fiberoptic endoscopy, duodenography, and vascular surgery. Strangely, there is little on hiatus hernia repair, gallstone dissolution, stapling devices, staging for Hodgkin disease, and selective arterial perfusion. Even selective and superselective vagotomy is slighted, but perhaps this wise old angler is cannily avoiding the whirlpool of temporary popularity, as he keeps the boat in midstream.

The strength of the book lies in its