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May 1973

Core Textbook of Surgery.

Arch Surg. 1973;106(5):742. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350170102033

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This surgical textbook is unique in four ways: It is designed to be read throughout by the new student of surgery; it treats in a single, rather small volume all major surgical areas except otolaryngology, ophthalmic surgery, and neurosurgery; the 25 contributors to its 23 chapters are all members of the Boston University School of Medicine faculty; it is directed not only to medical students and house officers, but also to nurses and allied health personnel.

In addition to ruthless editing, brevity is accomplished by the chapter organization whereby large blocks of surgical knowledge are encompassed under such headings as immunology, plastic surgery, tumors, urology, trauma and shock, and so forth. Readability is enhanced by the elimination of anatomic diagrams, graphs, surgical technical drawings, and all but a few tables.

Selected key references to the appropriate surgical literature appended to each chapter provide a ready guide to further reading in

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