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April 1977

Myocardial Revascularization: A Surgical Atlas

Arch Surg. 1977;112(4):540. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370040192036

This monograph includes eight chapters with titles suggesting a comprehensive consideration of anatomy, pathology, physiology, diagnosis, and management of coronary artery obstructive disease. The chapters on basic problems of coronary arteriosclerosis are remarkably brief, even for an atlas of technique. The balance between brevity and accuracy is perilously close to favoring the former, even in the discussions of surgical techniques and results.

The illustrations are generally well done. In the chapter on angiography, an inordinate number of large illustrations are used to elucidate angiographic examples that might have been more economically depicted.

The chapters devoted to surgical technique are an illustrated narrative description of the techniques in use by the authors at the moment of submission of the manuscript. Although certain technical considerations, such as avoidance of luminal distortion at anastomotic sites, remain immutable, a large portion of the text and illustrations pertains to concepts that are controversial and may

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