by Stanley M. Goldberg, Philip H. Gordon, and Santhat Nivatvongs, 389 pp, 300 illus, $40, Philadelphia, JB Lippincott Co, 1980.
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The standard textbooks in general surgery really only give the student an introduction to anorectal surgery. The authors of this book have attempted to write a practical reference text for the busy general surgeon that is not too voluminous to discourage complete and thorough digestion but is detailed enough to satisfy all but the most ardent student.
The book is less than 400 pages long with 30 chapters and 300 illustrations covering the full gamut of surgical and nonsurgical diseases of the anorectum. It is written in textbook fashion with an excellent index for referencing. The authors collaborated with eight other specialists in the field for assistance in preparation of the text.
Specifically, the subject matter in addition to anatomy and physiology includes inflammatory conditions and common anorectal problems, benign and malignant neoplasms including retrorectal tumors, anal incontinence and stricture, trauma, and foreign bodies. In addition, chapters are devoted to
CLARK JR. Essentials of Anorectal Surgery. Arch Surg. 1983;118(6):775. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1983.01390060091025
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