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July 23, 1955

Bickham-Callander Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. Volumes I, II, and III

JAMA. 1955;158(12):1144. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960120144027

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In the foreword, the author, who was once associated with the late Dean Lewis, states that he accepted revision of Bickham's Operative Surgery with "a considerable amount of trepidation." After passing the second chapter, one can state that his uncertainties were not well founded. He shows fearless, positive, and thorough knowledge of all segments of surgery. He supports his point of view with a well-chosen, authoritative, and current bibliography, at the end of each chapter. The results of surgical procedures are stated. A succinct comment follows each description. The illustrations are well executed, properly placed, and have excellent legends. This type of book finds its greatest need in outlying communities, far removed from our teaching centers. Volume 1 deals with the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, liver, gallbladder, and extrahepatic bile ducts; volume 2 with the pancreas, spleen, small intestine, peritoneum, omentum, mesentery, and colon; and volume 3 with the anorectal tract,

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