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These two volumes represent an interesting development of modern surgery. Those who have the opportunity should read the prefaces of all five editions, which are presented at the beginning of volume I. At first almost entirely the work of the senior author, the work, because of the rapid growth of modern surgery, forced not only new editions but also the addition of several collaborators. At present it is difficult to evaluate the importance of such contributions to surgical literature. They do respond to a definite demand, and in spite of increasing specialization of surgeons the general surgeon, like the general practitioner, is likely to be with us for some time. The material is not encyclopedic in character, but a number of operations for various disorders are usually presented. The technic of the operations is couched in clear language and a number of good illustrations fortify the text. One of the
Operative Surgery. JAMA. 1941;116(4):354. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820040088037