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As befits its somewhat presumptuous title, this publication extravaganza is both scholarly and inclusive. These tomes are interesting and innovative and have a personal touch provided by commentaries by the editors at the end of most of the chapters. Many are of an informal nature that provides a welcome relief from the usual pedantry.
Although the primary objective of the book is to provide the practicing surgeon instruction in operative technique, this is much more than an ordinary surgical atlas. Written by the usual coterie of well-known expert surgeons chosen from all parts of the world, there is wide variation in the content of the written commentaries; however, given the penchant of the editors, there is a strong strain of sound anatomic and physiologic background provided for each of the described operative techniques. Few of the experts were given approval of their manuscripts without furnishing some sort of basic science
ABERNATHY C. Mastery of Surgery. Arch Surg. 1985;120(9):1090–1091. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390330096028