An Atlas of Gynecologic Oncology continues its coverage of the innovative techniques in investigation and surgery on the brink of becoming established as part of the gynecologic surgeon’s repertoire
Welcome to the fourth edition of this Atlas. When we looked back to the first edition, instituted 20 years ago now, that text was approximately half the size of this current volume. Much of what is now included would have appeared to be science fiction 20 years ago, but it has become reality. Inevitably, the book gets larger with each expanding edition as the gynecologic oncologist’s repertoire of operations gets progressively larger. There are virtually no operations which fail to remain in the skill set, only ever more to know about and ever more equipment and energy sources available. A number of the procedures described are nowadays often performed as laparoscopic or robotically assisted procedures; however, we are also aware that not all surgeons have access to the same equipment, and this is an international book designed for an international audience.
The “cookbook” formula of the previous editions remains; nobody is advising which operation to do, but you do get a “road map” to whichever operation you have decided upon. Many years ago, before satellite navigation systems in cars, if you were going on a long drive you would consult your road atlas the previous night; An Atlas of Gynecologic Oncology, it is hoped, fulfils a similar role, as well as opening our minds to new things, some of which we may develop, others not.
New chapters have been added and all the text updated by a combination of the chapter authors and the editors. As in previous editions, innovative surgeons have been keen to contribute. The wonderfully clear artwork of Dee McLean and Joanna Cameron continues to enhance An Atlas of Gynecologic Oncology, allowing easy stepby-step breakdowns of procedures.
Once again it has been a great pleasure and privilege to be the editors and to read so many clear expositions written by experts for experts. We hope you enjoy reading An Atlas of Gynecologic Oncology as much as we have enjoyed editing it.