The editor and contributors continue to acknowledge their gratitude to J. Englebert Dunphy, MD, for the inspiration to begin the first edition of this text, and his lifetime of service to the practice and teaching of surgery, and to Lawrence W. Way, the long-time editor of editions 2 through 12, and conscience of the UCSF surgical training program. I have witnessed that same dedication to surgical students and trainees from faculty members at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Michigan, and now at Boston University and Boston Medical Center, as well as at dozens of other universities and hospitals that I have visited. At each institution, I have appreciated the diligence and curiosity of our trainees, but I have admired none more than our present group at Boston Medical Center.
I am particularly grateful for the important contributions that the staff at McGraw-Hill has made to ensuring an accurate, high-quality text. In particular, Brian Belval has been extremely supportive and helpful. I am also grateful to colleagues and readers who have offered comments and criticisms to guide preparation for future editions. I hope that anyone with an idea, suggestion, or criticism regarding this book will contact me.
Finally, I thank my wife, Faith Cuenin, and our children Kevin and Megan for their constant love and support.
Gerard M. Doherty, MD