This first volume of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, listed as second edition, is in reality a new text. In contrast to the original three-volume work copyrighted in 1955, this edition devotes the entire opening volume (excepting the final chapter on tracheostomy) to consideration of the esophagus. Spending nine years in the making (from the time of invitation for revision), Dr Shackelford records in his preface that "there have been so many new ideas and developments in esophageal surgery that the volume had to be rewritten rather than revised." He acknowledges liberal assistance in expertise from Drs David Skinner, Richard Kriffer, Jr, F. G. Pearson, and many others. It is obviously a collaborative effort, almost monumental in scope.
The volume consists of 13 precisely drawn topics from "Anatomy and Physiology" to "Excisional Operations." It is thus nicely structured and represents the most thorough treatise on this most difficult organ since
Wilkins EW. Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. JAMA. 1978;240(25):2776. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290250080040
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