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April 4, 1966

Current Concepts in Surgery: A Clinical Interpretation of Basic Knowledge

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edited by John H. Davis, 390 pp, with illus, $15, New York; Blakiston Division, McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., 1965.

JAMA. 1966;196(1):110-111. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100140164066

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This book is a collection of ten reports concerning subjects of interest to all surgeons, surgical residents, and undergraduate students. Each chapter is written by an expert in his own sphere of interest.

The first chapter concerning physical instrumentation is particularly well written and should have special interest to those beginning a tour in the research laboratory. Written in clear, concise language, it can be understood even by those with a meager knowledge of electronics.

The chapter on staphylococcal disease, by the editor, Dr. Davis, discusses his own changing concepts of this intriguing problem facing all surgeons. Anyone interested in peptic ulcer disease will enjoy reading the review on the physiologic approach to this disorder. The historical review of the surgical approach to the peptic ulcer patient helps us appreciate the controversies that prevail.

The chapters concerning respiratory physiology and pancreatic physiology bring us up to date on the many

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