June 1975

Scientific Foundations of Surgery

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ed 2, edited by Charles Wells, James Kyle, and J. Englebert Dunphy, 838 pp, WB Saunders Co, 1974.

Arch Surg. 1975;110(6):766. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360120084031

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This is a massive book with 132 contributing authors. The intent is to "present truly applied physiology" as it relates to surgery, "to lighten the task of the senior student and, on occasion, to be useful as a teacher in any one of the clinical subjects." The book contains chapters dealing with almost every aspect of surgical physiology. It also contains many other sections, some of which cover cellular anatomy and function, metabolism, radiation physics, respiration and elementary statistics.

Many of its chapters are authoritative concise treatises by wellknown surgeons and physiologists who are recognized leaders in their specific fields. Notable examples are the chapters on the immune mechanism and immunobiology, bone and cartilage, peripheral nervous system, synapses and neuroeffector junctions, and anorectal function. Other chapters fall far short of a concise presentation of the available information. Often the information in these sections is inadequate and even contrary to standard

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