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Surgical Anatomy and Technique: A Pocket Manual (Third Edition)

Skandalakis L.J. et al.
: Pocket Manual
: 2009
: 696 p.; 44 MB
Preface to the Third Edition

A good surgeon must have an eagles eye, a lions heart and a ladys hand.

English saying

In this third edition of Surgical Anatomy and Technique: A Pocket Manual, we are very pleased to add three new chapters: the vascular system by Drs. Deepak G. Nair and Robert B. Smith III; the uterus, ovaries, and tubes by Dr. Ramon A. Suarez; and microsurgical techniques by Drs. John G. Seiler III and Petros Mirilas.

Surgical Anatomy and Technique: A Pocket ManualDrs. Seth D. Force and Daniel L. Miller revised several procedures in the chapter on the esophagus. In the section on hemorrhoidectomies, Dr. Joseph J. Nichols, Jr., provided techniques for stapled hemorrhoidectomy and band ligation. Procedures for laparoscopic left colectomy including sigmoid colectomy and for laparoscopic-assisted right colectomy were added by Dr. Jay Singh in collaboration with Dr. Lee Skandalakis.

As in preceding editions we continue to present only basic (nuts and bolts) surgical techniques, not advanced procedures such as transplantation and robotics, because we are committed to maintaining this book as a pocket manual. We hope that the several chapters we reorganized are now easier to use. We want to mention that the sutures specifi ed in the text are those preferred by the authors, but comparable sutures can be used at the surgeons discretion.

My co-authors and I greatly appreciate the support we have received from Springer and the confi dence Springer has had in Surgical Anatomy and Technique: A Pocket Manual. The book has been translated into eight languages in addition to being distributed throughout the world in English. We are grateful, also, to the anatomists, surgeons, and by all means, the students for their warm acceptance of this book. In my peripatetic life of lecturing I have found that signing the book for students eager to learn about surgical anatomy is an emotional and heart-warming experienceeven to a lions heartand sometimes even brings tears to my eyes.

As I wrote recently in a letter published in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons (BACS 2006;91[8]:48): I believe its time the pendulum shifted back to teaching our students the fundamentals of gross human anatomy and instilling a solid foundation on which to build. After all, surgeons can and will make many unnecessary and fatal accidents if they dont know surgical anatomy.

The reader will notice that in this edition my son, Lee, has taken the helm as the senior author, since I am now passing through the springtime of my senility. I am proud and grateful that he is continuing this work.


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