Surgery of the Thymus

Pathology, Associated Disorders and Surgical Technique

  • Jean-Claude Givel
  • Marco Merlini
  • David B. Clarke
  • Michael Dusmet

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Historical Review

    1. Jean-Claude Givel
      Pages 1-9
  3. Normal Thymus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Stephen W. Gray, John E. Skandalakis
      Pages 13-17
    3. Marion D. Kendall
      Pages 19-26
    4. Marion D. Kendall
      Pages 27-38
    5. Jean-François Bach, Mireille Dardenne
      Pages 39-43
    6. Henk-Jan Schuurman, Louis Kater
      Pages 45-56
  4. Surgical Pathology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Walter J. Hofmann, Peter Möller, Herwart F. Otto
      Pages 59-70
    3. Anthony S. Y. Leong
      Pages 71-77
    4. Mark R. Wick, Juan Rosai
      Pages 79-107
    5. Mark R. Wick, Juan Rosai
      Pages 109-150
  5. Related Diseases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Robert P. Lisak
      Pages 165-179
    3. Sanford B. Krantz
      Pages 181-188
    4. Frederick P. Siegal
      Pages 189-198
    5. Charles Ruchti, Max W. Hess
      Pages 199-203
  6. Clinical Investigations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Louis Kreel
      Pages 207-215
    3. Pierre Schnyder, Gordon Gamsu
      Pages 217-225
    4. Joseph A. M. Bergmans
      Pages 227-237
    5. Bernard W. Fulpius
      Pages 239-242
  7. Surgical Procedures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Jean-Claude Givel
      Pages 245-246
    3. Marco Merlini, David B. Clarke
      Pages 247-253
    4. David B. Clarke
      Pages 255-263
    5. T. Hilary Howells, Gabriel S. Shuster
      Pages 265-270
    6. Dominique Thorin
      Pages 271-274
    7. Claude P. Le Coultre
      Pages 275-281
  8. Other Therapeutic Modalities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. Sushil Bhardwaj, A. Philippe Chahinian
      Pages 293-298
    3. W. John Simpson
      Pages 299-306
    4. Pierre-Antoine Uldry, Franco Regli
      Pages 307-310
  9. Post-Thymectomy Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311
    2. Philippe Levasseur, Henri Le Brigand
      Pages 313-318
    3. Mohamed Boumghar, Michael Dusmet
      Pages 319-331
    4. Angelos E. Papatestas
      Pages 333-340
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 341-345

About this book


The thymus gland has always fascinated me and, despite the ever-growing abun­ dance of medical books, this subject seemed to be a bit of a "poor relation." As a surgeon, the lack of information was particularly frustrating, and this is why I de­ cided to edit a text covering the different aspects of thymic pathology, surgery, and prognosis. It is always difficult to strike a balance between what is to be included and left out of a book about a subject intended for readers of different specialities. This one was written primarily to provide valuable information to surgeons on most aspects related to thymic surgery and to other specialists who are often confront­ ed with thymic diseases. Written by leaders in their respective fields, I hope it will provide an excellent reference for those interested in an up-to-date synthesis of general knowledge of such highly specialized areas as immunology, pathology, and neuroscience. The opening chapters on clinical management provide a historical review and descriptions of the normal thymus and surgical pathology. Later chapters review the various diseases related to the surgical pathology of the thymus. Investiga­ tions, surgical procedures, and other therapeutic modalities are also extensively covered. The book closes with chapters on the postoperative evolution of myas­ thenia gravis and thymic tumors, as well as on the effect of thymectomy in hu­ man oncogenesis.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Claude Givel
    • 1
  • Marco Merlini
    • 2
  • David B. Clarke
    • 3
  • Michael Dusmet
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre Hospitalier Universitaire VaudoisLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Service de Chirurgie ACentre Hospitalier Universitaire VaudoisLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Queen Elizabeth Medical CentreThe Queen Elizabeth HospitalBirminghamUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-71078-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-71076-6
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