Textbook of Angiology

Textbook of Angiology

Cardiovascular Surgery, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 204–205, 2001 Printed in Great Britain 0967–2109/01 $20.00 www.elsevier.com/locate/cardiosur BOOK REVIEWS...

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Cardiovascular Surgery, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 204–205, 2001 Printed in Great Britain 0967–2109/01 $20.00



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Review of Mastery of Cardiothoracic Surgery Kaiser, Kron and Spray, 1,008 pp., 1997, Lippincott-Raven Publishers, $201.25. This excellent and comprehensive single volume textbook covering the full scope of thoracic surgery has been prepared by the Editors to reflect the style and usefulness of a similar and highly respected textbook: “Mastery of Surgery”. The three Editors represent the three major areas of the cardiothoracic surgical speciality: general thoracic surgery; adult cardiac surgery and congenital cardiac surgery. Although the textbook focuses on specific surgical operations for a variety of both common and rarely encountered pathological conditions, the full spectrum of thoracic and cardiovascular diseases are covered in a most comprehensive and thorough fashion. The purpose of this text is to provide a comprehensive review by recognized cardiothoracic surgical experts of the current state of the art in Thoracic Surgery. As is pointed out by Dr. John Waldhausen, Editor of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in his Forward, this is a most appropriate time for such a thorough collection of current surgical thinking and techniques in this exciting speciality. The past 40 years has seen the conception, birth, growth and evolution of cardiothoracic surgery to its present level of extraordinary capability and accomplishment. The Editors’ intent has been to thoroughly document the state of the cardiothoracic surgery at this time. They have recruited over a hundred current leaders in the field to help them with this effort. The textbook is aimed both at the surgeon in training, to serve as a template for the field of cardiothoracic surgery at this time, and the experienced surgical practitioner. This latter individual is a part of the target audience, especially then he/she chooses to review less frequently performed procedures as well as to review the most contemporary state-of-theart concepts presented by the experts authors. This nearly 1,000 page textbook contains over 90 chapters and is well organized into the three major sections of general thoracic, adult cardiac and congenital heart surgery. Each chapter is very well illustrated with surgical atlas-like precision provided for 204

the many operative procedures. A particularly useful feature of the textook is the Editors’ comments which accompany all of the chapters and add the well informed perspective of the Editors. The limited references for each chapter are proposed as “suggested reading” and are generally chosen to provide the student and reader with additional practical information regarding the condition or procedure. The editors have avoided encylopedic reference lists. The overall quality of the illustrations is especially good and the value of these to the young surgeon is especially high. This well written, well editored and very well illustrated comprehensive textbook is an excellent contribution to cardiothoracic surgery at this time of great accomplishment for the speciality. This volume devoted to the Mastery of Cardiothoracic Surgery should be provided to and used often by all thoracic surgery residents and those in the early years of their practice. It will also prove to be a very useful, current compendium of cardiothoracic surgery for those who want to have at their fingertips the latest information regarding the current practice of cardiothoracic surgery. Hopefully, these Editors will have initiated a useful tradition in cardiothoracic texts and will provide us with other subsequent editions, in the years ahead, with updates and new procedures. Timothy J. Gardner, M.D. William M. Measey Professor of Surgery Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery University of Pennsylvania Medical Center 4 Silverstein, 3400 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283 Ph#: (215) 662-2022 Fax#: (215) 349-5798

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Textbook of Angiology by John B. Chang, editor, Earl Olson, Kailash Prasad and Bauer Sumpio, Associate Editors. 1362 pp. $250. Springer, New York, 2000 This is a large, multi authored textbook. It is not a vascular surgical textbook, but a textbook of angiology, a field purporting to cover ‘all diseases related CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY

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to blood vessels.’ The book has little discussion of operative techniques. Interventional radiologic techniques are emphasized. Nearly one-third of the book is devoted to cardiac disorders. A good textbook results when publisher, editor(s), and contributors all exercise their responsibilities. The publisher should provide a well-illustrated, mistake-free text in an attractive and durable package. Springer has held up their end well. The book is richly illustrated with 984 figures, the very large majority of which are of excellent quality. The book appears well-bound, the paper is high quality, and I noted very few misspellings or errors of syntax. The editors could have been more diligent with regard to appropriate organization, weighing of material, avoidance of repetition, and uniformity of presentation, and care of the authors. ‘Chapter coordinators’, i.e. section editors, submitted chapters on their hobbies. Thus, there are chapters on oxygenfree radicals in vascular disease, cardiac manifestations of Lyme disease, and the microvascular aspects of degenerative joint diseases. In some chapters, references are listed alphabetically, while in others they correspond to their order of appearance in the chapter. There are two chapters on nuclear cardiology (one with 41 references, one with 413 references), and two chapters on coagulation/ hemostasis. There are more pages devoted to surgery of the vertebral artery than to that of abdominal aortic aneurysms. Some chapters are only collections of personal anecdotes or, ‘how I do this’. Vascular trauma is grouped in the section devoted to the


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aortic arch and its branches. Section two is entitled ‘Occlusive Disease,’ while section seven is entitled ‘Aortoiliac Occlusive Disease,’ and includes a chapter on contrast agents. Section eight on ‘Femoropopliteal Occlusive Disease,’ contains no chapter dedicated to reversed or in situ vein grafting, but does contain chapters on composite grafting and popliteal entrapment. Surgical treatment of venous disease is inadequately treated. SEPS is not mentioned in the index of this book. The editors have not provided us with the positions and affiliations of all the authors. Only Chapter Coordinators acknowledged. There is no listing of the name, position, and institution of many primary authors. What about ‘the facts’? The results of laser angioplasty are described as ‘encouraging in long and short occlusions’. Asymptomatic popliteal aneurysms should be repaired only if greater than 3 cm in diameter. No mention of associated thrombus. ‘Therapy of choice for femoral vein thrombosis (in patients less than 50 years of age) is short-term ultra high dose streptokinase’. What randomized trial showed this? Overall, this effort is likely to have little value to someone with more than a basic knowledge of vascular surgery. Because of its content and focus it is not recommended for vascular surgeons. Gregory L. Moneta Oregon Health Sciences University, Division of Vascular Surgery, OP-11, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201-3098, USA