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UI surgeon publishes promising best-selling manual
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa surgeon has authored and published
an easy-to-use, step-by-step manual on procedures for examining and operating
on the abdomen and gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
Carol E. H. Scott-Conner, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor and head of surgery,
served as editor for the more than 600-page manual, entitled The SAGES
Manual: Fundamentals of Laparoscopy and GI Endoscopy. By medical standards,
the text is well on its way to becoming a best seller. More than 2,000
copies of the manual, published in October, have already been sold.
Scott-Conner produced the manual with the help of the Society of American
Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). Mary Shirazi, an Iowa City
freelance medical illustrator, created most of the 170 illustrations.
The goal of the book is to help train the next generation of surgeons
in laparoscopy and GI endoscopy. Laparoscopy, sometimes called "key
hole" or "belly button" surgery, involves using special
instruments passed into the abdomen through tiny incisions. Physicians
use GI endoscopy to examine the inside of hollow portions of the GI tract,
such as the esophagus, stomach or colon.
"Our goal was to make a concise, portable but comprehensive text
that would cover new techniques as well as older ones," Scott-Conner
said. "When I think back to the training I received in medical school
and surgical residency, and compare that to the surgical techniques I use
today, it is evident that much has changed."
The manual is already receiving rave reviews.
"This portable, concise, beautifully illustrated manual from the
pioneering society for minimally invasive surgery provides an authoritative
synopsis of the major laparoscopic and flexible endoscopic procedures in
easy-to-use, outline form," according to an amazon.com review.
"Step-by-step, the authors present the indications, patient preparation,
operative techniques, strategies for prevention, and management of complications
for a wide spectrum of both 'gold standard' and emerging procedures."