December 1977

Brief Textbook of Surgery

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New Haven, Conn


edited by Curtis P. Artz, Isidore Cohn, Jr, and John H. Davis, 694 pp, $17.50, WB Saunders Co, 1976.

Arch Surg. 1977;112(12):1505. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370120095014

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Medical students are often overwhelmed, when beginning clinical rotations, by the daunting size of the usual basic surgical textbooks. During surgical rotations lasting six or 12 weeks, they may not have time to read these textbooks, with the result that they either read only sections directly pertaining to the patients they are seeing (thus leaving great gaps in their knowledge of the field of surgery), or they resort to shorter (but often less up-to-date and rigorous) textbooks–both unsatisfactory alternatives. Drs Curtis P. Artz, Isidore Cohn, Jr, and John H. Davis, chairmen of the departments of surgery of three different medical schools, have recently edited a book that makes great strides toward solving this problem in the field of surgery. This book, called Brief Textbook of Surgery, is designed to provide (or accompany) a core course in surgery for medical students; it is written specifically for students (and not surgical residents),

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