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March 1959

Pathophysiology and Surgery.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;61(3):513. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.00940090515022

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Occasionally one finds a book on general medicine or surgery which looks so interesting that a mental note is made to read it or at least peruse it at some future hoped-for leisure time. This is such a book. There is nothing in it bearing directly on ophthalmology, but there is much in it which would make one a better ophthalmic surgeon. For example, the chapters on the physiology of injury, including the local responses of the tissues; the general consideration of the water content of the body; the physiology of connective tissue and wound healing and the homotransplantation of tissues; the pathophysiology of thermal burns; radioactive isotopes; the biology of aging, and, finally, the physiology of anesthesia, are all parts of this book which are stimulating and look inviting. One functions better in small details if a broad base of general principles has been provided, and this is the

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