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In the past decade the presentation of the subject of surgery has become an increasingly difficult task; so much so that the trend of modern teaching in this subject is toward a syllabus, which relegates to the text the function of giving the student a means of obtaining assignments and forming outlines, leaving him to obtain accurate and detailed information from current journals and monographs. To date it has been impossible to bring a text in surgery to the same pedagogic standards as have been obtained in our texts in medicine. The usual good and bad things can be said about the first volume of this "arbeit," which covers head, neck, chest and back. Judging from textbook standards, the chapters on the subject of the head are excellent; there is a complete outline of anatomy, physiology and pathology which makes these chapters the equivalent of a monograph on the head.
Lehrbuch der speziellen Chirurgie für Studierende und Aerzte.. JAMA. 1927;89(14):1173. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690140069037