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This is a brief but in many ways excellent treatise on gastric surgery. The author states that he intends mainly to outline surgical technic, which he does quite well. A few more illustrations would probably be helpful in permitting the reader to follow more easily the complicated steps associated with the accurate performance of such operations as the Haberer modification of the first method of Billroth. Maingot finds it difficult to separate completely technical aspects from clinical findings and results. This is, perhaps, the only but none the less serious drawback to a book of this nature. The problems of gastric surgery are so complex and so intricately related to clinical experience that the proper choice and application of the many procedures available are indeed difficult: so much so that only surgeons of great experience are able to cope successfully with them. The occasional operator in the field of gastric
Technique of Gastric Operations. JAMA. 1942;118(17):1524. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830170102034