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The author says in the preface: "The aim of this manual is to present in clear terms and in concise form the fundamental principles of the chief operations and the accepted methods of modern surgery. The work seeks to stand between the complete but cumbrous text-book and the incomplete but concentrated compend." From the earliest times the A[unk]ιστον μ[unk]τρον, the "golden mean," has been sought by the literati, but alas, like the bag of gold at the end of the rainbow, it has thus far eluded search. We hope that this new aspirant for honors in surgical literature may be more successful than any of its predecessors; but it is a difficult task when the excellence of many of the text-books on surgery which are now in the field is considered, and the charge of "cumbrous" can scarcely be applied to some of them. In Moullin, for example, it is
A Manual of Modern Surgery, General and Operative.. JAMA. 1894;XXIII(18):695. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421230035027