March 3, 1956

Operative Technic in General Surgery

JAMA. 1956;160(9):815. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960440087034

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The second edition of this authoritative text parallels the high standards set by its predecessor. This work has kept abreast of the important progress in surgical physiology, particularly as it involves preoperative and postoperative care, pediatric surgery, and surgery of the esophagus, pancreas, and breast. Although the subject of wound healing has frequently been relegated to a minor position in other texts, it has been treated most adequately in this book. The section that deals with the relationship between epithelization and fibroplasia and the control of epithelization is especially good. Such succinct statements as: "No drugs have been found to stimulate the rate of epithelization" surely have a place in the reasonable dogmatism that is necessary in the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students. The historical material in the section on abdominal incisions is an admirable inclusion. A tremendous amount of worthwhile material is contained in this volume. It can

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