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In Situ Bypass Grafting: The Origin and Evolution of an Elegant Technique

Bruce J. Brener, MD
JAMA. 1987;258(22):3318-3319. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400220118056.
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How often have you picked up a 150-page monograph on the historical aspects of a surgical operation and been unable to put it down? Or cannot wait to begin reading again? George D. LeMaitre's softcover book In Situ Bypass Grafting is such a work.

It is written in an amusing, exciting, peppery style, which must reflect the personality of the author. LeMaitre states frankly that he intends to keep the reader awake and interested. He tries to blend "history, techniques, opinion and controversy." He does this with a sense of humor, modesty, and the pleasant insistence of a master salesman. After all, he is trying to sell an idea, a technique, and an instrument! What makes it even more fun to read is his way of poking at some of our senior academicians, respectfully making his point.

He traces the origin of the idea of leaving the saphenous vein in


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