Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
                                                   Official journal of the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons                           
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 423--424

IAPS textbook of pediatric surgery

Anette Jacobsen 
 Senior Consultant, Department of Pediatric Surgery, KK Hospital and Associate Dean, Young Loo Lin School of Medicine and Lee Kong Chien School of Medicine, Singapore

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Dr. Anette Jacobsen
KK Hospital

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Jacobsen A. IAPS textbook of pediatric surgery.J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2020;25:423-424

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Title : IAPS Textbook of Pediatric Surgery

Editors : Rajeev Redkar (Editor-in-chief), Prakash Agarwal, V Raveenthiran, Shirin Joshi Gosavi, Anant Bangar

Paperback : 962 pages

ISBN-10 : 9389587506

ISBN-13 : 978-9389587500

Publisher : Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers

Year : January 2020

Edition : 1st

Language : English

Price : MRP ₹ 4,395


The Textbook of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons (IAPS) is edited by Dr. Rajeev Redkar et al. There are 154 authors, among them 98% are Indians – working in India, or overseas with very few notable exceptions, who may have collaborated with Indian Authors. Thus, we have an official publication of IAPS with authors who are all experts in their chosen fields and who are willing to share in their expertise, over a number of years spent dealing with large numbers of pediatric patients. This book is the first official publication on Pediatric Surgery of the IAPS. It is reflective of the large pool of cases that are seen by the authors.

The book is published to the highest academic standards and has an easy to follow format. It will be useful to surgeons and trainees alike, especially in decision-making for their pediatric patients. The themes and topics are well written. I especially enjoy the section on trauma, as well as resuscitation. This is based on existing principles of care that are proven and valid anywhere. Of note is that this book covers what pediatric surgeons will see in their practice. Thus, it contains transplantation, oncology, urology, etc., which reflects the practice patterns outside North America.

I note that transport and delayed presentation or late presentation are issues still of concern in India and the region. Thus, I believe that surgical nutrition and preoperative buildup of a severely marasmic patient will be of value. While obesity is perhaps an issue, which is dealt with in a separate chapter, I think sometime correcting nutritional deficits and paying attention to adequate nutrition are important pre- and post-operatively.

Section 3 is dedicated to Head-Neck-and-Face. Many pediatric surgeons no longer have to do these operations. Certainly, where I practice, it is the domain of the plastic surgeon to repair a cleft lip and palate, the domain of the neurosurgeon working with the plastic surgeon to deal with a craniosynostosis, and the domain of the neurosurgeon to deal with ventriculoperitoneal shunts and neural tube defects.

In the introductory section, there is a chapter on robotic surgery, and then, robotics is again discussed with reference to augmentation as well as with reference to pyeloplasty. I think robotics is here to stay as much as keyhole surgery. The fact that robotic surgery is discussed at length in several chapters gives perhaps a skewed impression, but realistically, it is much more fun for a surgeon and gives very nice outcomes for the patients. Once the Intuitive copyright is expired, robotics is set to explode, benefitting our patients.

The chapter dealing with pancreatic surgery has a separate chapter on Laparoscopic Pancreatic Surgery. The following chapter concerns splenic surgery, and I note that all the illustrations are laparoscopic illustrations. While the surgeons contributing to this book, obviously are all expert keyhole surgeons, perhaps the readers might not be. As such, perhaps, a keyhole approach would be good for both the pancreas and the spleen, in equal proportions.

I really enjoyed the Urology chapters; they are well written, well illustrated, and well anonymized. The approach is sound. Chapter 77 may need to be re-titled as it deals with so much more than just re-implantation. It also deals with a keyhole approach to augmentation and reconstruction of a catheterizable channel.

As with neural tube defects and hydrocephalus, perhaps, the pediatric orthopedicians or hand surgeons will have more interest in treating syndactyly. I come from Singapore, so I give a Singaporean perspective. I might be wrong. I enjoyed reading this book. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of relevant topics and also inclusion of fun and progressive topics. While not relevant to all, we must never lose sight of what we are practicing for – the better for our patients. We no longer discuss if Pediatric Surgery should be a separate entity – time, and patients have told us – yes – resoundingly.

Again, I congratulate IAPS and the authors as well as Editors of the excellent book, well worth reading and studying.

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