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March 12, 1982

Towards Safer Cardiac Surgery

JAMA. 1982;247(10):1503. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320350097045

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Perioperative Management in Cardiothoracic Surgery, by Benson B. Roe, 273 pp, with illus, $25, Boston, Little Brown & Co, 1981.

Towards Safer Cardiac Surgery is based on the proceedings of an international symposium at the University of York, England, in April 1980. The theme of the symposium, and hence the book, is well reflected in the title. Not all chapters reflect this approach, but the majority do. These published proceedings are international, but only in the sense that a few scattered chapters are from outside the United Kingdom. The diversity of this book is indicated by the fact that there are 59 contributors from 17 disciplines, the latter ranging from surgery to radiological biochemistry, microbiology, and psychiatry.

At first, the multiple authorship tends to put one off until it is realized that the variations in style, organization, and content are a positive influence. There are Julian's homilies on the importance