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April 30, 1938

Textbook of Experimental Surgery

JAMA. 1938;110(18):1515. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790180103033

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Written in brief yet discursive and pleasant style, this short volume comprises a rapid introduction to the field of experimental surgery. The author maintains that the practical lessons in technic and physiology learned first hand on the laboratory animal is the surgeon's greatest asset. He asserts that many clinicians have much to learn of practical physiology of the "Bernardian" type and that less emphasis might be laid on highly theoretical chemical effects such as surround the problem of insulin. He lays much stress on actual surgical technic, detailing much space, for example, to the choice and method of suturing. Included also is a chapter on the antivivisection movement, in which the author advises constant vigilance against the fanatics and the ill informed. The chief virtue of this book lies in the fact that the author works from the assumption that his readers know little about practical surgery. Therefore he submits

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