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October 24, 1931

Operative Surgery: General and Special considerations.

JAMA. 1931;97(17):1250. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730170062045

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This volume is beautifully and completely illustrated. The artistically executed illustrations, most of them in color, supplement the text, making the study of the book a real pleasure. It deals essentially with the principles of surgery on a broad basis and considers primarily those methods which have proved useful in the author's clinic. The general examination of the patient, including the preoperative preparation, the position of the patient on the operating table and the general principles of operative technic, are described in detail. The control of pain by general and local anesthesia is discussed extensively. Control of infection and hemorrhage follows. Operations on the skin, muscles, tendons and fascias, blood vessels, nerves, bones, joints and amputations conclude the text. The book is written clearly and simply. A great deal of credit is due to the translator, who expressed the author's ideas faithfully while avoiding the awkwardness of literal translation. The

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