Thank you for your interest. We invite you to read more by reading these excerpts from the preface of the book.

Essential Reading for:

  • the surgeon or surgical trainee attempting to appreciate and understand simple embryological principles in the execution of anatomically correct surgical procedures
  • the location of important zygotic avascular planes
  • an understanding of the embryology of the peritoneum
  • demonstrations on cadavers in detail
  • the simplest and clearest explanation

This book had its genesis in the seminal work published in 1892 by Franklin Dexter, Demonstrator in Anatomy at Columbia University, New York, entitled “Anatomy of the Peritoneum”...

In 1970... I regarded this little book as the clearest and simplest exposition of the subject that I had ever seen...

At the present time more than 40 years later, few surgical trainees have a detailed anatomical, let alone embryological background... This book is the result.

The location of the essential avascular embryological zygotic planes of cleavage in the abdomen depends upon an understanding of the embryology of the peritoneum... In anatomy and surgical textbooks these peritoneal events are often given... only cursory attention.

This book... will remedy this defect for both the trainee surgeon and for surgeons who wish to review these important anatomical events.

...photographs of the embalmed cadaver dissections, which illustrate the surgical applications of the principles outlined in the text...

To the embryologist the diagrams in this book will appear to be oversimplified... This work is not written for the professional embryologist, but for the surgeon or surgical trainee attempting to appreciate and understand the use of simple embryological principles in the execution of anatomically correct surgical procedures...

George Ramsey-Stewart
University of Sydney,
June 2012.

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