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Surgery for the Morbidly Obese Patient

      Any book on the surgical treatment of morbid obesity, or so-called bariatric surgery, must incorporate a multidisciplinary approach to the entire spectrum of the problem of obesity. This book, edited by a well-known, respected surgeon in this field, nicely accomplishes this task. The book is designed primarily as a comprehensive monograph directed toward surgeons with an active interest in bariatric surgery. For other members of the team involved in the preoperative and postoperative care of these patients, it probably would be most useful as a reference text. Although certainly not as readable as Surgical Management of Morbid Obesity, edited by Griffen and Printen (reviewed previously in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Vol 62, p 1063, 1987), Deitel's book presents a more comprehensive approach and broader scope. The editor selected a large group of contributors, some of whom are not necessarily nationally recognized experts; however, this diversity provides a more objective approach in several chapters and thus enhances the usefulness of the text to practicing surgeons.
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