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The difficulty in the past with textbooks of surgery has been that too much stress has been laid on operative technic, which is of little value to the medical student, who must learn technic in the laboratory and the operating room. Dr. Homans recognizes all this and frankly emphasizes diagnosis and general principles of therapy rather than controversial points on whether to cut and suture here or there. The book, nicely published, well illustrated and entertainingly written, appeals to the reviewer as by far the most useful textbook of surgery he has seen for the medical student.
A Textbook of Surgery.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1937;59(6):1114. doi:10.1001/archinte.1937.00170220190015