Edited by L. M. Zimmerman and R. Levine. Price, $15. Pp. 988, with 112 illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5, 1957.
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This volume represents a serious effort to assemble the physiologic problems associated with surgical diseases, including the changes accompanying their operative approach. It covers a wide range, including the changes resulting from various injuries; infections and antibiotics; nutrition; blood; electrolytes; tissue transplantation; anesthesia; gastrointestinal, respiratory, and genitourinary tracts; endocrine glands, and the cardiovascular, reproductive, central nervous, and locomotor systems.
In this, as in other books of the multiple-author type, a minor defect is occasional repetition in different chapters. This is unavoidable, as the authors cover each subject heading thoroughly. Some chapters are well written and very readable; others are cumbersome.
In certain small areas I might disagree with statements made, but on the whole the authors have done a remarkable job of presenting a wealth of information, often of difficult and conflicting material. The volume should prove of great value to the resident in surgery, to the practicing surgeon, and
Ziffren SE. Physiologic Principles of Surgery.. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(4):684. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260100168022