Book Reviews
November 1944

Textbook of General Surgery.

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By Warren H. Cole, M.D., and Robert Elman, M.D. Fourth Edition. Price, $10. Pp. 1,170, with 955 illustrations. New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc., 1944.

Am J Dis Child. 1944;68(5):361. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1944.02020110062014

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This book is a well organized presentation of general surgery. Practically all of the illustrations are original and represent material the authors have seen at the University of Illinois and Washington University. Many of the small technical details of surgical procedure that confront an intern or resident are well described. There is a complete chapter on surgical intervention in relation to diabetes with illustrations of the more common diabetic lesions.

The authors mention the tannic acid method first among the ways of treatment of burns. There has been so much criticism of this method that I believe its dangers and limitations should also have been presented. Some of the chapters contain detailed outlines which are of value for rapid review and as a summary of the subject. Included in the book is a chapter on war surgery which briefly presents this broad field. In conclusion, this is a sound textbook

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