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The opening chapter of this great system of surgery is entitled, "A Narrative of Surgery." Herein is found a brief sketch of the lives of the great builders of surgery from Hippocrates to Lister, together, with their deeds recorded in a most entertaining and instructive manner, by James G. Mumford.
Chapter 2 is by George W. Crile, on "Surgical Physiology." This title includes "such laws and factors as are used in surgical practice, which rest largely on altered physiologic actions," and is a direct outgrowth of the immense amount of experimental work which has been done by surgeons on living animals as well as of observations during operations on man. The great amount of experimental work done by Crile has particularly suited him to write this somewhat novel though instructive chapter.
Chapter 3 by John C. DaCosta, Jr., is on the "Examination of the Blood." Technical methods of blood examination
Surgery, Its Principles and Practice.. JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(2):163. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520280075022