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December 1974

The New Physician Surgical Quiz

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Stanford, Calif


by Terrence S. Garden, Jr., 431 pp, $12.50, Appleton-Century-Crofts Inc, 1974.

Arch Surg. 1974;109(6):846. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360060112041

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This book should be of interest to all those who like to give examinations. However, it is a paradox for, on one hand, it provides an excellent series of questions, organized by systems, and on the other it has all the disadvantages of the dogmatism that brief answers require. It thus denies the pleasure of learning by cohesive reasoning.

For internship and residency programs, as well as for those who devise state board examinations, these questions will prove useful. The "compleat" physician would do better to read more broadly and learn from careful clinical experience. Periodically he might wish to check himself against segments of these questions but, as a means for continuing education, this book is at best a supplemental and secondary method for learning.

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