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Cole and Elman deserve considerable credit for this new book. They have undertaken the enormous task of compiling in book form the fundamentals of general surgery as presented to their students, especially those in the junior year. In their introduction they state that the material used is based on lectures to undergraduates and intended primarily as a textbook for their use. Their ability to condense such a subject is based on years of teaching experience, not only in the laboratory but also in clinical medicine. The sequence of the material is well arranged not only for the beginner but also for the advanced student and general practitioner. The fundamentals of inflammation and repair, surgical bacteriology and immunology, asepsis and antisepsis, and the spread and localizations of infections are first presented. A chapter is devoted to each, emphasizing that fundamental knowledge of anatomy, physiology and bacteriology is prerequisite for an undertaking
Textbook of General Surgery. JAMA. 1937;108(15):1292. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780150066025