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Since the publication of the germ of this work in 1879, there have been eight issues; but this book as it now appears is really the second, and only revised, edition. And one can form but little idea of the change made in the work without directly comparing the first issue with this last edition; the difference lies in the fact that the first edition was the exponent of the operative principles of the "old surgery," while this embodies the principles of the "new surgery."
The first chapter, on the " Civil Obligations of the Surgeon," may seem to be "matter out of place" in a work on operative surgery; but a moment's reflection will show that such is not the case, and it should be carefully read by every medical man. And certainly all must agree with him that "antisepsis imposes new obligations" upon the surgeon; in surgical cases he
The Principles and Practice of Operative Surgery.. JAMA. 1887;VIII(23):643. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391480027012