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This book was inspired by a student's love for his great master, Dr. Joseph Price, the author acting as an exponent of principles endorsed by his predecessor, particularly those which are at variance with the popular teachings. The chapters have been arranged in a haphazard manner; for instance, a chapter on ligature and suture material is preceded by one on inguinal hernia and followed by one on surgery of ovarian cysts. The eulogy of Dr. Price is carried to extremes and includes a hyperbolic statement that "probably no operator living or dead was more the master of difficult and trying major abdominal work than Dr. Price." Some statements are contrary to the experience of other surgeons, others will be met with astonishment. Appendectomy in form of a stumpless removal of the organ is advocated irrespectively of the stage of peritoneal involvement; adhesions should be broken and the appendix removed in
Practical Surgery of the Abdominal and Pelvic Regions. JAMA. 1935;104(7):589. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760070071032