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December 28, 1940

A Surgeon Explains to the Layman

JAMA. 1940;115(26):2306-2307. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810520068037

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While there are innumerable works of medicine planned primarily for the public, no one has previously attempted to inform the lay reader concerning all the technical details and background of surgical procedures. To this extent Dr. Benmosché is a pioneer. The information is for the most part sound and readable. He does not attempt to cover the history of surgery as in Graham's excellent book "The Story of Surgery." If any one wants to know about his operation before he has it, there is probably no better guide. However, from the point of view of the patient there may be some question as to the desirability of a work of this character. In every instance the reader is made to feel that the decision of when to operate or whether or not to operate at all is an exceedingly difficult one. Incidentally it is a task which the surgeons find

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