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Surgeons, being innovative and independent thinkers, often favor surgical techniques that reflect their own individuality. It is widely accepted, however, that as long as the results of any operation meet contemporary standards, the "cat can be skinned" several ways. This atlas follows these principles and describes commonly performed vascular procedures with the authors' personal imprimaturs. As Drs Zarins and Gewertz note in the preface, this is not intended to be a textbook of vascular surgery. It is more a technical handbook that students of vascular surgery, be they house officers, general surgeons, or established vascular surgeons, will find helpful in their daily practice of the craft of vascular surgery.
The table of contents in this handsomely bound book clearly defines its scope. The format of each chapter and each section is easy to read, facilitated by alphabetical step-by-step notations in the margin of each page. Each alphabetical notation describes its
ERNST CB. Atlas of Vascular Surgery. Arch Surg. 1989;124(10):1247–1248. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1989.01410100153028
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