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April 16, 1960

Christopher's Minor Surgery

JAMA. 1960;172(16):1870. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020160142025

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In this edition of Christopher's well-established work, the latest thinking, mainly from Tulane and Baylor universities, has brought the text up to date. A large subject has been presented in a well-edited and orderly manner. The authors sharply delineate minor from major surgery, but they have presented a book which thoroughly covers surgical practice for practically every condition treated in the office or the outpatient clinic. The more recent knowledge of vascular diseases has been given more adequate coverage. New chapters on hand injuries, diseases of the breast, and physical treatment are well written and should be helpful in the treatment of patients.

The erudite and philosophical chapter on the surgical resident should be read by all interns and residents. In a few pages it covers the traditional "do's" and "don'ts" for the house staff. The author correctly names the chief need for residents who wish to acquire surgical skill.

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