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REVIEW OF RECENT BOOKS Management of Vascular Trauma Edited by Morris D . Kernstein, M . D . Baltimore, University Park Press, 1984 224 pp, illustrated, $32.00
to the vascular fellow, the practicing vascular surgeon, and the trauma surgeon involved in management of vascular trauma.
Reviewed by Steven R . Shackford, M . D .
Atlas of Surgical Anatomy for General Surgeons Steven W . Gray and john E . Skandalakis Baltimore, Williams 6 Wilkins, 1985 361 pp, illustrated, $148.00
This concise text is an important contribution to both the trauma literature and the literature in vascular surgery. Management of Vascular Trauma is well organized and well written. The chapter authors have combined current references and extensive review of the literature with their own experience in dealing with the subjects they cover. The introductory chapter on the biomechanics of vessel injury and wound ballistics is especially succinct and clear. Chapters on vascular injuries of the neck, thorax, and abdomen address and provide detailed discussion of controversies in the management of these injuries. There are also chapters on more general topics, such as fasciotomy, and on the use of antibiotics in vascular trauma. A chapter on vascular injury associated with drug abuse is excellent and long overdue. The chapter on microvascular surgery in trauma is well done, but too extensive and detailed for the proposed readership. The book concludes with a chapter on the use of synthetic prostheses in vascular trauma, a timely topic of major concern to all surgeons who deal with vascular trauma. The volume emphasizes problems commonly encountered in civilian vascular trauma, and it should be considered as a supplement to Rich and Spencer's fine text on military vascular trauma. Whereas Rich and Spencer take a broad approach to the subject, the editor of Management of Vascular Trauma focuses more on surgical judgment than on anatomy and surgical technique. Therefore, this book is intended for and recommended
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Reviewed by Richard M. Peters, M . D .
This book is introduced with a statement about the progressive confinement of general surgery. The volume should prove useful to thoracic as well as general surgeons because it provides thorough coverage of regions of anatomy that may concern either surgical discipline. The illustrations, which present both common and variant anatomy, are well done. My review concentrated on the neck, esophagus, diaphragm, stomach, and colon. Each section starts with embryology and then moves on to congenital defects. The illustrations focus on features of anatomy and anatomical variants of most concern to surgeons. The book is not an operative manual but rather, as its title states, an atlas of surgical anatomy. This volume should be beneficial to the learning surgeon at all stages and will provide a helpful reference for reviewing such outreaches of anatomy as tracheal repair, substemal goiter, crural anatomy, diaphragmatic incisions, and variants of the inferior phrenic vessels. Surgeons interested in general thoracic surgery should find the book useful, and directors of training programs should consider it of value to their preceptees. San Diego, CA