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October 15, 1949

Operative Surgery

JAMA. 1949;141(7):496. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910070068045

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The preface states that this book is designed for the less experienced surgeon, the intern or the resident. The development of textbook material of presumably elementary nature for a highly complicated and technical subject is difficult. Whether it is desirable to reduce the content of such a book to a minimum is doubtful. The resident has already completed many years of basic study, and the garnering of particular information in his chosen specialty requires a broad outlook on medicine in general. A book of this sort can serve only as a guide for quick reference and cannot replace the intensive reading which is necessary. This is a clear, concise, oversimplified presentation of a long and arduous course of study. The illustrations are good and helpful. The intern and first year resident in surgery may find some guidance in this book through the surgical wilderness in which he too often finds

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