The editor and contributors continue to acknowledge their gratitude to J. Englebert Dunphy, MD, for the inspiration to begin the first edition of this text, and his lifetime of service to the practice and teaching of surgery, and to Lawrence W. Way, the long-time editor of editions 2 through 12, and the conscience of the UCSF surgical training program. I have witnessed that same dedication to surgical students and trainees from faculty members at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Michigan, Boston Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as at dozens of other universities and hospitals that I have visited. At each institution, I have appreciated the diligence and curiosity of our trainees, and the energy that they bring to our daily work.
I am particularly grateful for the important contributions that the staff at McGraw-Hill has made to ensuring an accurate, high-quality text. I am also grateful to colleagues and readers who have offered comments and criticisms to guide preparation for future editions. I hope that anyone with an idea, suggestion, or criticism regarding this book will contact me.
Finally, I thank my wife, Faith Cuenin, our children Kevin and Megan, and our grandson Christopher for their constant love and support.
Gerard M. Doherty, MD