July 31, 1948

Surgery: A Textbook for Students

JAMA. 1948;137(14):1265. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890480085038

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In the author's preface, he cites the need for the student to "get his relative values right." This book includes the usual chapters on diseases of the abdominal organs, head injuries, diseases of the bone, etc. However, chapters on gynecology, ear,nose and throat, bacteriology and pathology have been purposely left out by the author, who feels that these subjects rightly belong to those who teach them.

The text is easy to read; the substance is factual, and presented in a manner devoid of verbiage. The illustrations are extremely diagramatic, and are used throughout instead of photographs or roentgenograms. The author feels that' the student may grasp the point of the illustration more readily if it is simply presented. He makes the-interesting observation that these "mind pictures" are more effectively portrayed with an imperfect technic by a surgeon who understands the problem at hand than by an expert who does not.

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