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November 1984

Advances in Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment of Biliary Tract Disease

Arch Surg. 1984;119(11):1352. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390230114032

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Medical texts seem to come in one of two sizes: very thin or grossly obese. Neither cost nor value correlates with the total body weight. This slim volume is both good and expensive. It must be considered demeaning for a publisher to charge less than $40 for a medical textbook despite the remarkable savings in printing costs that result from electronic typesetting and the word processor.

As in so many recent medical texts, this is a collection of reports that were presented at a symposium; this symposium was held during the Digestive Disease Week at the 1982 meeting of the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. The book includes the following unique features.

An all-star cast of authors who know how to write and operate.

Extraordinarily tight editing—there must have been a lot of high-level confused feelings after the submitted manuscripts had been débrided by the editors. It

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