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The intent of this book is to allay the unnecessary fears and anxieties of patients about to undergo surgery. The author believes that many of these fears can be minimized by a frank and simple explanation of the things that the patient will experience during his stay in the hospital. It is undoubtedly true that ignorance creates fears and that physicians do not realize what a traumatic experience it is for most people to come to the hospital as a patient for the first time.
The author has had the assistance of seven co-authors in covering the entire field of surgery. The section on eye surgery has been done by Dr. Bernard L. Small, an Associate Attending Ophthalmologist at the Jewish Hospital in Brooklyn.
The purpose of the book is admirably carried out and, if it can be gotten to the right people at the right time, will undoubtedly be
Understanding Surgery.. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1955;54(6):960. doi:10.1001/archopht.1955.00930020966028