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This is a well bound volume of nearly 1,200 pages, evidently intended as a student's textbook in surgery. There are more than 500 illustrations, mostly of a schematic sort, but which amply demonstrate the points intended. It is a rather ambitious attempt to cover not only the field of general surgery, but all of the surgical specialties as well, including ophthalmology, otolaryngology, gynecology and urology.
The work is assembled in rather an original manner, being compiled from either the lecture notes or the complete written lectures of various members of the department of surgery of Harvard Medical College, and therefore represents the collaboration of an extremely prominent group of specialists. Dr. Homans says in the introduction that the material with which he worked was exceedingly varied; some of it consisted of rather sketchy lecture notes which he amplified into the text, while some of it was received with the text
Textbook of Surgery.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1931;48(2):349-350. doi:10.1001/archinte.1931.00150020180012