This addition to the acclaimed Mastery of Surgery series is the standard-setting text/atlas that cardiothoracic surgeons will rely on for authoritative guidance. In the tradition of the series, Mastery of Cardiothoracic Surgery is authored by more than 130 of the world's master surgeons -- many have originated or perfected the procedures they discuss, and all are skilled teachers of surgery. In an informative, personal style, they describe their techniques step by step, identify pitfalls and potential complications, and explain the decision-making that is crucial to a successful outcome. Coverage encompasses all cardiothoracic surgical procedures, from the most basic to the extremely complex.An extraordinary collection of 930 drawings by the most exacting medical artists clearly and precisely illustrates key surgical maneuvers. The illustrative material also includes 162 photographs, scans, and radiographs. Another unique feature of the book: Editorial comments at the end of each chapter provide additional perspectives or alternative views.