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Anorectal Surgery is a proctologic textbook whose scope is well defined in the Australian authors' preface as not being a comprehensive treatise on anorectal anatomy, physiology, pathology, and surgery, but rather a scholarly review of the authors' extensive clinical and scientific exposure to this area. As such, biases concerning preferred forms of therapy are bound to surface, and they do, but with generally very good documentation of underlying rationale and clinical results.
The format of this paperback publication is logical and readable. The section on surgical anatomy is comprehensive but suffers in part from an attempt to demonstrate the various complicated pelvic spaces and fascial components with black and white photographs of dissected anatomic specimens. Multicolored drawings might have served this purpose more clearly.
At times, the text is too fundamental to the point of assuming no knowledge or common sense on the part of the reader, for example, the