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JAMA 100 Years Ago
October 14, 2009

BOOK NOTICES : A System of Operative Surgery.

JAMA. 2009;302(14):1599. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1379

By Various Authors. Edited by F. F. Burghard, M.S., F.R.C.S., Teacher of Operative Surgery in King's College, London. In Four Volumes. Vol. 1. Cloth. Pp. 751, with illustrations. Price, $10. New York: Oxford University Press, 1909.

The rapid advances in operative technic made within the last few years have demanded constant revision of operative surgeries which are already on the market, or the publication of new ones. The field has become so vast that it is practically impossible for one man to cover the entire field of operative surgery in all its details satisfactorily. The aim of this work, the first volume of which is under consideration, is to secure the best in each separate line by delegating the subject-matter to men who are recognized as leaders and original workers in the subject assigned to them. The result is noteworthy, as all the chapters are good and there is a symmetry about the entire volume which is usually wanting in a system of either surgery or medicine.

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