Multidisciplinary Teaching Atlas of the Pancreas: Radiological, Surgical, and Pathological Correlations
Casillas J, Levi JU, Quiroz, AO, et al. Multidisciplinary Teaching Atlas of the Pancreas: Radiological, Surgical, and Pathological Correlations. Springer; 2016; 1045 pp; 926 ill; $399
Dr. Javier Casillas (Radiology) and Joe Levi (Surgery) have teamed up to make an amazingly well-illustrated, multidisciplinary and comprehensive book on the pancreas. While most books on this subject would likely not warrant a review in the AJNR, this one definitely deserves special mention and praise.
There are 21 chapters that are divided into seven sections. The first section, divided into 5 chapters, lays a foundation of background knowledge of the pancreas starting with embryology, anatomy, histology, physiology and imaging of the pancreas. The book then moves on to four chapters on the various cystic masses of the pancreas. There are then four chapters on solid pancreatic masses. Four chapters on various inflammatory conditions of the pancreas are followed by sections on pancreatic trauma and pancreatic surgery. The book concludes with a 40-question self-assessment. The book is 1045 pages in length but is surprisingly quick to read, as it is written in a bullet format and laced with a total of 926 illustrations. These illustrations include radiographic studies, intra-operative photographs, medical drawings, gross pathologic specimens, photomicrographs, and even a photo of a physician beaming with pride and holding up a bag of 800 ml of pus after percutaneous drainage of an infected pseudocyst.
Many books claim to be multidisciplinary, but this book truly is. While the primary author is a radiologist and “suggested shelving” is listed as radiology, any physician with interest in the pancreas would find this book to be very informative. What gives the book such a multidisciplinary feel is not just that it balances the absolute number of pages or words devoted to clinical information, radiology, pathology and treatment, …