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Because the author makes no attempt to discuss diagnosis or pathology, he succeeds in covering a much larger field than would seem possible. The aim is mainly toward the active practitioner. An effort is made to discuss the therapeutic questions that may confront the average surgeon. It cannot therefore be classified as a textbook. There is no bibliography and the style is in the personal narrative form. The author states that for each disease he describes at least one technic which any average surgeon is qualified to try. Surgical competence, however, is still a matter of individual variation and many of the operations described are not within the technical scope of most men. The longest sections are devoted to the more common surgical problems. For example, Colles's fracture of the wrist is given comparatively thorough attention as far as treatment is concerned, while others, such as fractures of the carpal
Surgical Treatment: A Practical Treatise on the Therapy of Surgical Diseases. JAMA. 1937;109(16):1304. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780420064035