The Textbook of Surgery: The Biological Basis of Modern Surgical Practice, edited by David C. Sabiston, Jr, MD, is in its 13th edition. This updated version contains many new illustrations and sections, which represent the editor's efforts to keep pace with the advances in each field. It boasts 57 chapters with 220 contributors, 49 of whom are new. The list of contributors is impressive; there are representatives from a large number of institutions. Six new sections have been added. These include "Surgical Complications of Cirrhosis and Portal Hypertension," "Vascular Access Procedures for Renal Dialysis," "Peritoneovenous Shunts for Intractable Ascites," "Extracranial-Intracranial Bypass Grafts for Cerebral Ischemia," "Use of Intra-aortic Balloon Counterpulsation Technique," and "The Total Artificial Heart."
Each section begins with an historical overview and is followed by a detailed discussion of anatomy, pathology, physiology, diagnosis, clinical manifestations, and therapy. The sections are followed by "selected references," which serve as a