By F. de Quervain, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Surgical Clinic at. the University of Berne. Translated by J. Snowman, M.D. Third English edition. Cloth. Price, $14. Pp. 914, with 738 illustrations. New York: William Wood & Company, 1921.
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When an author possessing such extraordinary clinical experience as Quervain combines with this experience great pedagogic ability and fine literary form, the results should approach the ideal. Books on surgical diagnosis are few; they represent years of compilation of material; and in order not to be weak where the experience of the author has been scant, they must be written by one who has had the opportunity to study a wealth of material, and keep excellent records. Originality is an outstanding feature of this work; facts are clearly and forcefully put. The dogmatic attitude often displayed is justified by the author's experience, and the aid to forcefulness which such dogmatism lends. This is not a textbook that an undergraduate student will easily read "from cover to cover." It is too lengthy; it contains myriads of closely stated facts; and the author's method of frequently citing case reports to illustrate clinical
Clinical Surgical Diagnosis for Students and Practitioners.. JAMA. 1922;79(8):677. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640080079030