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Illustrative Handbook of General Surgery by Herbert Chen (Springer) 2010

Learning surgery has become a daunting task. Although the basic surgical concepts remain durable and unchanged, the past several years have brought rapid growth of new knowledge in all of the surgical disciplines. Some surgical procedures have disappeared. Peptic ulcer disease and portal hypertension were once the source of a plethora of surgical interventions; now surgery is rarely necessary for either. New interventions have been developed. Gastric bypass for morbid obesity, once a rare procedure, has become one of the most commonly performed procedure. New technology has made operations less invasive but more complex and the knowledge requirements for new technology are very different than that required for conventional surgery.

The Illustrated Handbook of General Surgery has been created to allow medical students and residents learning surgery to assimilate, in a rapid and succinct manner, the anatomy and operative techniques associated with the most common surgical interventions. All of the chapters have been edited and contributed by the faculty of the University of Wisconsin. The Department of Surgery at UW is comprised of almost 80 faculty, with nationally recognized expertise in every specialty. The essence of this text is its portability as well as its conciseness. Each chapter has been constructed so that critical, but not excessive, information is conveyed. Although a more extensive understanding of anatomy and operative technique will require consultation with a traditional surgical atlas, the information conveyed in this text is portable (able to be kept in the pocket of a white coat) and sufficient to allow the student or resident to gain a basic understanding of the anatomy and technique of most surgical procedures.

You will find this text to be extraordinarily useful and anticipate that it will facilitate rapid growth of your surgical knowledge.

Preface from Herbert Chen 
With the large number of surgical atlases in the market focusing on a variety of surgical procedures, it is almost impossible to find an area that is not comprehensively illustrated. However, almost all of these atlases are very large and serve to be “library” or “office” books, which are commonly cumbersome to transport and not readily available in the operating room. In the complex training scheme that surgical residents often encounter, they may perform a variety of surgical procedures in any given day. Furthermore, medical students doing rotations are often exposed to a variety of operations within the same time period. It is very difficult for students, residents, and even attending surgeons to go back to their office and look at a surgical atlas prior to each and every operation.
Thus, it would be much more practical to have an atlas that can be carried in the clinical jacket and be referred to immediately prior to the operation to refresh one’s memory. The Illustrated Handbook of General Surgery was created to serve this purpose: to allow students and residents to be well prepared before going into the operating room. This portable surgical atlas includes chapters covering the anatomy and operations of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, breast, stomach, esophagus, small bowel, colon, rectum, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and hernias.
The chapters of Illustrated Handbook of General Surgery are edited by the general surgery faculty of the University ofWisconsin who practice at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. In addition, several surgeons from other prominent surgical departments around the world were invited to contribute. The detailed text and pictures are designed to provide a brief but comprehensive summary of each operation, which should facilitate further learning by medical students and residents in the operating room.

Part I Endocrine Surgery 
1 Total Thyroidectomy and Thyroid Lobectomy
2 Central Neck Dissection
3 Modified Radical Neck Dissection
4 Parathyroidectomy
5 Open Adrenalectomy
6 Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy
Part II Breast Surgery
7 Breast Biopsy
8 Breast Procedures
9 Axillary Procedures
Part III Esophageal and Gastric Surgery
10 Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
11 Laparoscopic Paraesophageal Hernia Repair
12 Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatment of Achalasia
13 Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
14 Esophagectomy
15 Gastric Resection
Part IV Small Bowel and Appendix Surgery
16 Small Bowel Resection
17 Meckel’s Diverticulum Resection
18 Appendectomy
Part V Colorectal Surgery
19 Right Hemicolectomy
20 Sigmoid Colectomy
21 Low Anterior Resection and Abdominoperineal Resection
22 Stomas (Colostomy and Ileostomy)
Part VI Anorectal Surgery
23 Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy
24 Cryptoglandular Disease
25 Pilonidal Operations
26 Hemorrhoids
Part VII Hernia Surgery
27 Abdominal Wall Hernias: Introduction
28 Inguinal Herniorrhaphy
29 Totally Extraperitoneal Preperitoneal Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
30 Incisional Hernia
31 Umbilical Hernia
Part VIII Hepatobiliary Surgery
32 Hepatic Procedures
33 Biliary Procedures
34 Laparoscopic Splenectomy
Part IX Pancreatic Surgery
35 Pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple Procedure)
36 Distal Pancreatectomy
37 Surgical Treatment of Chronic Pancreatitis

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