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From a purely pedagogic point of view a synopsis may be objectionable if the student relies on it as his sole source of information. While it makes it easier for him to memorize facts for the next examination, it is just as easily forgotten soon after, for the mental process involved in reading a more or less complete text is eliminated. The author with his wide experience as teacher did not from the beginning intend the work to be anything else than a supplement to the major textbooks. As such, this volume may well prove to be of aid to the student in rapidly surveying the entire field. Regarded in this light the volume is easily the best in its class and may be unreservedly recommended to the senior medical student and to the so-called busy practitioner. The popularity of the work is attested by the many editions through which
A Synopsis of Surgery. JAMA. 1940;115(10):883. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810360071039