January 31, 1966

Current Surgical Management, III: A Book of Alternative Viewpoints on Controversial Surgical Problems

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edited by Edwin H. Ellison, Stanley R. Friesen, and John H. Mulholland, 519 pp, with illus, $11.50, Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Co., 1965.

JAMA. 1966;195(5):398. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100050106045

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The publication of a third volume in the series of Current Surgical Management is evidence that its precursors have fulfilled a need and have found acceptance. The new issue follows the same, rather unique, plan of the others, presenting conflicting viewpoints on controversial surgical problems. Although the editors introduce each topic with a brief discussion, they do not show their own preferences or pass judgment on the merits of either side. The exponents of the divergent views are equally prominent and authoritative surgeons whose works have exhibited a genuine interest in the subjects discussed.

A comparison of the material covered in the three successive issues of Current Surgical Management indicates that many of the problems are still controversial, although there is often a shift of emphasis from one phase to another, as accumulating experiences lead toward a consensus. It is also evident that new discoveries evoke a choice of treatment

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