edited by Thomas A. Miller, MD, 1454 pp, with 785 illus, ISBN 1-57626-060-7, $145, St Louis, Mo, Quality Medical Publishing Inc, 1998.
Reading the surgical literature can at times be demoralizing, as even our most respected publications and periodicals seem increasingly consumed with the latest renditions of HMO- or government-initiated algorithms of cost-effective patient care, or with strategies to maximize the practice expense component of the resource-based relative value scale for individual CPT codes of the HCFA regulations. Such sessions seem to elevate to prescience the century-old prophecies of Karl Marx regarding the impending trivialization of our profession.
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