While S. Subramonian is the clear winner of the book with the longest title in the world — Daniel Radcliffe 1,022 words contains 4,805 characters — Fujio Hanyu takes the prize for the world’s longest single-word book title: Hepatopancreatoduodenectomy — that’s 27 letters. The book, edited by Hanyu, was published as a hardback in December 1996. It is a surgical handbook on techniques to remove the liver, pancreas, and duodenum. The book, now out of print, originally sold for $100.
If the title doesn’t instantly grab you, here is the synopsis from the publisher: “Hepatopancreatoduodenectomy (HPD) is a radical new surgical procedure developed in Japan to treat patients with biliary tract carcinoma. The development and clinical application of HPD have been made possible through research conducted primarily by Japanese investigators on common routes of the spread of biliary tract carcinoma. Still regarded as a radical procedure because of its technical difficulty and possible complications, HPD is not yet widely practiced anywhere in the world. The authors of this volume, who are pioneers in the field, are convinced that recent progress in health-care technology will make HPD a safer and more commonly accepted procedure in the near future. The book is designed to share the experience of Japanese researchers with those working in the field throughout the world. The contents include a review of the historical development of HPD in Japan, indications and conditions for HPD, perioperative examinations, and patient management. Also presented are practical aspects of surgical technique and countermeasures against postoperative complications.”
Rush out and order yours today… Your duodenum will be grateful for it.
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