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December 1, 1989


Author Affiliations

Tulane University Medical Center New Orleans, La

Tulane University Medical Center New Orleans, La

JAMA. 1989;262(21):3066. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430210108047

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In the minds of surgeons, the term "hernia" generally conjures up the classic inguinal hernia. The present book dispels this association. The vast array of different types of hernias in all parts of the body, the multiple procedures used for their repair, and the criticisms of these various procedures illustrate that hernia repair is a complicated subject and that it encompasses the entire spectrum of surgical specialties.

At least half of this book is devoted to inguinal hernia. Completely explored are its anatomy and the many procedures for its repair, including recent advances. The chapters on diaphragmatic hernia and peptic esophagitis are clearly illustrated; their brevity, with complete summary descriptions, diagrams, and presentations, makes this section particularly useful. The other chapters on unusual hernias, such as Littre's, perineal, obturator, and spigelian, are all interesting, correctly illustrated, and useful.

Even though the paper is somewhat lightweight, the print is clear; the