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February 5, 1955

Surgical Technigrams

JAMA. 1955;157(6):557. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950230071056

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The author has presented 36 surgical procedures that he considers as basic and in the realm of the general surgeon. The procedures are grouped according to anatomic locations: neck, chest wall, abdominal wall, abdomen, female genitalia, genitourinary tract, inguinal region, and miscellaneous. The miscellaneous procedures include tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, lumbar puncture, lumbar sympathetic ganglionectomy, pilonidal cystectomy, long saphenous vein ligation, and thigh amputation. It is refreshing to find stress placed on the sine qua non of all good surgery, namely anatomy. Anatomy for some unknown reason has assumed a place of secondary importance in modern teaching with chemistry, pathology, and, particularly, physiology taking preference. Important as these latter are, they in no way supplant the primacy of anatomy. Dr. Al Akl, therefore, is to be complimented on the presentation of this material in terms of anatomic sequence. Throughout this work he has stressed the important surgical anatomy including some of the

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