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This gem of a book on aortic dissection brings together as authors all the superstars in the field and is edited by two of them, Germano Melissano and Roberto Chiesa. The volume contains the most thorough and up-to date information on this disease entity and its treatment. Interestingly it also includes two chapters which provide perspectives of patients suffering from this serious disease which is so often unrecognized and poorly treated. Accordingly this text is a “must have” for all specialists and generalists interested in the challenging disease process of aortic dissections.
This valuable text is published on the occasion of the highly esteemed “Aortic Surgery – How To Do It” international meeting, which has been running for 14 years and enjoys a superb international reputation. The meeting has a stellar faculty and has been endorsed by many scientific societies, as well as by the Marfan Foundation (a prominent U.S.-based patients association). It is attended annually by more than 1,000 delegates and is further described at www.aorticsurgery.it.
Books that were published for previous “How To Do It” meetings, such as Thoraco Abdominal Aorta: Surgical and Anesthetic Management (2012) and History of Aortic Surgery in the World (2014), were favorably reviewed and remain an important part of most libraries – especially ones that are used by vascular and cardiac surgeons and others interested in these difficult-to-treat entities. This volume is another in this outstanding series.
In the current exemplary volume, Drs. Melissano and Chiesa, have recruited as contributors all the world innovators and leaders who are advancing knowledge in the natural history and exciting new treatments of Types A and B aortic dissections. All the contributors are widely acknowledged to be world leaders and experts in the field. Their research and clinical excellence have led to the rapid advances in the treatment of these aortic dissection disease entities – advances which are slowly being adopted around the world. Clearly the achievements of these experts has been one of the most exciting developments in vascular disease treatment of the last 3 decades. All these achievements are beautifully summarized and illustrated in this outstanding book which is without equal and an indispensable addition to the library of anyone interested in the management of aortic dissections.
New York, December 2016
Frank J. Veith
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