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Difficult Decisions in Thoracic Surgery

An Evidence-Based Approach

  • Mark K. Ferguson
  • The use of standard format for posing questions in each chapter permits the reader to rapidly identify the issue at hand

  • A PICO formatting was used, to help the reader to easily identify useful clinical guidelines


Part of the Difficult Decisions in Surgery: An Evidence-Based Approach book series (DDSURGERY, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Lung

    1. Christopher Wigfield, Sadeesh Srinathan
      Pages 239-250
    2. Axel Haverich, Christian Kuehn
      Pages 251-256
    3. Trevor Williams
      Pages 257-267
  2. Esophagus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Gabriel D. Lang, Vani J. A. Konda
      Pages 271-285
    3. Hirofumi Kawakubo, Hiryoya Takeuchi, Yuko Kitagawa
      Pages 325-335
    4. Nasser K. Altorki, Brendon M. Stiles
      Pages 337-349
    5. Puja Gaur, Scott James Swanson
      Pages 365-375
    6. Brian C. Gulack, Matthew G. Hartwig, R. Duane Davis
      Pages 387-397
    7. Henner M. Schmidt, Donald E. Low
      Pages 399-412
    8. Shanda H. Blackmon, Laurissa Gann
      Pages 413-421
    9. Richard G. Berrisford, Samuel J. Ford
      Pages 423-428

About this book


The third edition of Difficult Decisions in Thoracic Surgery: An Evidence-Based Approach, devotes itself to looking at questions and decisions in general thoracic surgery that are difficult or controversial. Focused topics are explored, and readers will find pithy analyses and recommendations which are carefully given in accordance with the level of supporting evidence available.


Written by recognized experts in the field, Difficult Decisions in Thoracic Surgery: An Evidence-Based Approach 3rd edition is a timely reference source for practicing surgeons, surgeons in training, and educators that describes the recommended ideal approach, rather than customary care, in selected clinical situations. 


thoracic surgery

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark K. Ferguson
    • 1
  1. 1.SurgeryUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

About the editors

Mark K. Ferguson, MD is Professor of Surgery at University of Chicago Medical Center. He specializes in the surgical management of diseases of the lungs and esophagus. He is experienced in all techniques of lung and esophageal resection and is skilled in surgical methods to relieve airway obstruction and malignant pleural effusions. He has served on the boards and committees of numerous national societies and institutions including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ferguson is the author of more than 75 chapters in medical textbooks. He has edited or written books on esophageal reconstructive surgery, failed anti-reflux therapy, and decision-making in thoracic surgery. He recently authored an atlas of general thoracic surgery. Dr. Ferguson has also written more than 175 papers in medical journals, and serves as an editor or associate editor for three cardiothoracic surgery journals. His research interests include risk analysis and long-term outcomes after lung resection and esophageal resection.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Difficult Decisions in Thoracic Surgery
  • Book Subtitle An Evidence-Based Approach
  • Editors Mark K. Ferguson
  • Series Title Difficult Decisions in Surgery: An Evidence-Based Approach
  • Series Abbreviated Title Diff Decis Surgery
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4471-6403-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4471-7124-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4471-6404-3
  • Series ISSN 2198-7750
  • Series E-ISSN 2198-7769
  • Edition Number 3
  • Number of Pages XXI, 787
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Thoracic Surgery
    General Surgery
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Surgery & Anesthesiology


From the book reviews:

“This is the third edition of a book on difficult and controversial topics in general thoracic surgery that presents practical and evidence-based advice. … It is written for practitioners and trainees in the area of general thoracic surgery. The editor is a recognized authority and has assembled an impressive list of authors to contribute on a comprehensive list of topics.” (Michael Bates, Doody’s Book Reviews, October, 2014)