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The rapid development of new techniques in cardiac surgery, as well as the continuing refinement of existing techniques, make any attempt at their compilation a formidable task. In this compilation a formidable task. In this section of Rob and Smith's series on operative surgery, this has been accomplished with remarkable clarity and completeness. This edition reviews cardiac surgery in a separate volume for the first time, allowing the addition of several new chapters. The coverage of the treatment of congenital heart disease has been expanded, and new chapters on aspects of acquired heart disease have been added, including valve repair, internal mammary artery use in coronary artery bypass, and cardiac transplantation. Introductions to emerging therapeutic modalities, such as the percutaneous transcatheter closure of patent ductus arteriosus and atrial septal defect, are also included. The approach to each area begins with a comprehensive discussion of the anatomy of the underlying defect,
AMMONS M. Rob and Smith's Operative Surgery: Cardiac Surgery. Arch Surg. 1988;123(3):395. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1988.01400270135027
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