Adult Chest Surgery
was conceived in late 2002 as a
comprehensive, yet practical guide for the modern practice of general
thoracic surgery. The contributors to this volume represent several
generations of internationally recognized surgical innovators and leading
medical experts in thoracic oncology and pulmonary disease. These thought
leaders trained or currently practice in centers of surgical excellence that
participated in the rise of the thoracic discipline in the 1980s. We are
indebted to these individuals and especially their mentors, who sustained
and nurtured general thoracic surgical education and training through
tenuous and difficult times.
The book describes
current techniques and surgical principles for the most common thoracic
surgical problems encountered in the clinic and the operating room, along
with more than 600 detailed illustrations of surgical procedures and pearls
of wisdom from experienced clinicians. It is intended to be useful for
residents preparing to do an operation, surgeons looking for management
tips, surgeon specialists preparing for board recertification, and anyone
else who desires a comprehensive description of the clinical nature of
general thoracic surgery.
Ann Adams, provided
peerless editorial and organizational expertise, shepherding the project
from conception to reality by cajoling the contributors at every step and
serving as the glue that transformed the raw chapters into a cohesive book.
The outstanding illustrations were created by Marcia Williams and reveal her
exceptional artistic talent and grasp of the surgical concepts depicted in
I and my associate editors also
wish to acknowledge our spouses Linda Sugarbaker, Kate Poverman, Diane
Krasna, and Barbara Smith who put up with our hectic schedules; our parents
Geneva V. and Everett D. Sugarbaker; Rachel and David Bueno; Anne and Irwin
Krasna; Loy and James Mentzer; Spyridon and Lillian Zellos who inspired and
supported us in our educational pursuits; our partners, trainees, and
colleagues who carry the field forward; and our patients who put their trust
and hope in our hands.
Finally, we dedicate this
volume to John A. Mannick, the chair of surgery, who in 1986 and 1987 had
the wisdom and vision to induce the genesis of the Division of General
Thoracic Surgery at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.
David J. Sugarbaker
Mark J. Krasna