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September 14, 1935

Names of Surgical Operations

JAMA. 1935;105(11):907-908. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760370063032

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The result of the careful work of an able committee of surgeons with Dr. Carl E. Black as editor, this list might be expected to justify the glowing tributes of the galaxy of surgeons who wrote the forewords. The book is at once a monument to the national medical cooperation that made it possible and an example of how far short of perfect first attempts of this kind are. It may be examined first in the light of its "basic principles" as set out in one of the forewords. The terms are to be "philologically correct" but "need lay no claim to description." Even granting that the two aims are compatible and that the sage remark in the introduction, "Words are the instruments for the communication of ideas," was meant for the reader and not the authors, the book will establish only superficial uniformity if the terms carry no exact

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