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International Practice in Cardiothoracic Surgery

Alan T. Marty, MD
JAMA. 1987;258(5):709. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400050151051.
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This book delights in describing those delicious victories of "doers" over "doubters." Besides historical and basic subjects, it compiles current views and techniques from more than 100 of the best cardiac and thoracic surgeons in the world. Both English and Chinese language editions have been published.

Such an immense project has taken three years to accomplish, so the reviews of some topics, like myocardial preservation or cardiac transplantation, are not au courant. Some of the illustrations are of poor quality: for example, the reproduction of a selective arteriogram of the left T-12 costal artery, supposedly showing an artery of Adamkiewicz, is undecipherable. Fortunately, most of the figures are line drawings and thus escape this criticism.

One of the best sections summarizes esophageal problems. Ellis' chapter on "Surgery for Achalasia" not only describes his methods in extenso, it also cogently answers those who criticize his "myotomy only" technique. Skinner's chapter starts


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