January 23, 1967

Atlas of Hernia Repair

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by Carl H. Calman, 159 pp, with illustrations by Katherine Masterson, $16.75, St. Louis: C.V. Mosby Co., 1966.

JAMA. 1967;199(4):284. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120040094035

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There are numerous good current monographs on hernia, and the periodical literature is replete with excellent articles from authoritative sources dealing with all aspects of this subject. In view of this wealth of available material, one wonders why the publishers would bring out a book on hernia that is totally lacking in merit. True, they have produced a very attractive volume with a beautiful binding, fine glossy stock, and pleasing format, but beyond this nothing favorable can be added.

The text of this book is brief, superficial, and inaccurate. The arrangement of the material is illogical. The selection is poor and the information offered is familiar to all. The book purports to be an atlas, but the illustrations are for the most part small diagrammatic line drawings, often of postage stamp size. None but the neophyte might have use for a book such as this, but this one cannot even