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June 7, 1958

The Essence of Surgery

JAMA. 1958;167(6):797. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990230123028

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A stimulating aspect of this excellent textbook is that operative surgery is discussed on the level of simplified basic factors with disregard for the present-day trend of superspecialization. The thesis that specific principles of surgery do not change regardless of the area under discussion is lucidly expounded. Although a surgical textbook can rarely be read from cover to cover, this book can be with interest and ease. It would be difficult to single out any one of the 12 chapters as being better than any other. The subject of body fluids and electrolytes is difficult to present, but the chapter dealing with loss of body fluids makes the subject understandable and interesting, and the following chapter, which discusses infection, comes to life with a freshness of style that is seldom seen in modern textbooks. The simple line drawings are custom made to the written material and depict the story with

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