March 31, 1956

Atlas of General Surgery

JAMA. 1956;160(13):1181. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960480081024

The author has drawn much of his material from standard textbooks and manuals of surgery. He states that many of the procedures outlined are in large part those of his teachers. This manual is to be used when a procedure may need review by the surgeon. Some of the techniques described are not preferred by all surgeons, but the principles are sound. The opening discussions, dealing with operating-room principles, are succinct. The subjects discussed include sterile technique, exposure and anatomy, care of tissues, hemostasis, selection of ligature material, knots, wound closure, drains, anesthesiologist-surgeon relationships, and operating time. The section on cardiac arrest is clear, with well-drawn illustrations of the technique suggested by the author. Seventy-three operative procedures are outlined. The author lists the important considerations for each operation. Line drawings of each operation, with appropriate legends, follow. No attempt is made to justify the method. This atlas should be most

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