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December 14, 1940

Synopsis of the Principles of Surgery

JAMA. 1940;115(24):2110. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810500078045

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As the title indicates, this is another synopsis of the principles of surgery. Yet this one is much different from all the others on the subject and is probably the best that has been the privilege of the reviewer to see. The essential and most valuable feature of the book is that it is written with the idea of correlating the basic sciences with the fundamental principles of surgery. This the author accomplishes in a novel manner. The body of the text contains a discussion of the standard principles of surgery which are found in almost every textbook, while in footnotes, nearly as extensive as the text itself, he covers the related and pertinent facts of anatomy, pathology, biochemistry and physiology. Though the discussions are necessarily brief, the subject matter is covered completely and well. There is a tremendous amount of information between the covers of this volume, all of

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