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September 2, 1933

Orthopædic Surgery.

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By Walter Mercer, M.B. Ch.B., F.R.C.S., Assistant Surgeon, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh. With a foreword by John Fraser, M.C., M.D., Ch.M., Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery in the University of Edinburgh. Cloth. Temporary price, $8. Pp. 695, with 371 illustrations. Baltimore: William Wood & Company, 1933.

JAMA. 1933;101(10):801-802. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740350059034

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This was written by a general surgeon and reflects in many instances the general surgical rather than the orthopedic point of view. This is not surprising, because the Edinburgh Medical School maintains that a surgical specialty is a branch of general surgery. The attitude that, to become a good specialist, one must be a good general surgeon first, is correct. The author was trained as a general surgeon and practices general surgery. The volume is an outgrowth of his lectures and clinics given under the direction of Professor Frazer. On reading the book, one might be inclined to accuse the author of plagiarism, even though, at the end of the book, he says he has "consulted" very freely from certain sources, which he names. He should state that he has "drawn" freely. It does not seem justifiable to use the space to give three illustrations on sacralization of the fifth

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