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Surgery of the Anus, Rectum, and Colon

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Surgery of the Anus, Rectum, and Colon, 2nd edn, vols 1 and 2. Edited by M R B Keighley, N S Williams (Pp 2702; illustrated; £285). UK: Harcourt Publishers Ltd, 2000. ISBN 0702023353.

This is a monumental effort and the editors, who have written much of this textbook themselves, are to be congratulated on a terrific job. They have taken on the task of reworking the iconic textbook first started by the late and great John Goligher. His was a very personal style, with repeated references to his own practice and results, and then a weighing of the evidence and a firm opinion, an approach which was much loved. With the growing emphasis on a larger body of evidence, the editors have widened their search in …

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