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December 4, 1972

Surgical Anatomy of the Abdomen and Pelvis

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Boston

JAMA. 1972;222(10):1313. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210100061035

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Audiovisual presentation may have started with cave drawings, progressing to proclamations on stone and papyrus, thence to books. In our day, displays of various sorts enlarge our armamentarium of audiovisual material. Hence it seems reasonable to review in this section of The Journal Schlossberg's and Zuidema's transparencies of surgical anatomy of the abdomen and pelvis. Each plate is of a size to fit a panel of the standard X-ray film viewing box. Viewed thus the excellent drawings and vivid colors allow an immediate grasp of the material presented. They can also be adequately seen when laid on a table under ordinary light.

The plates are of regional anatomy significant in surgery, executed for the most part in an idealized rather than realistic manner. Several present in diagrammatic form physiological themes pertinent to surgery, such as the control of secretion of gastric acid, or pathways for pain. Explanatory material equivalent to