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June 13, 1936

A Textbook of Surgery

JAMA. 1936;106(24):2097. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770240061034

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This new surgical textbook is a large single volume and is the result of contributions from no less than 184 authors. The author selected in each instance is an authority in his field, a teacher, a master surgeon, a well known clinician or a research worker. The chapters, while brief and of necessity condensed, are informative and authoritative. The text differs from that of the older works in that it is not dogmatic. It is not calculated to create the impression in the student's mind that the information proffered is final; it reads rather like a report on a study in progress. This characteristic, coupled with short historical references and an appended bibliography, lifts it from the level of the all too dogmatic textbooks and places it in a close rapprochement with the current scientific medical literature. The student will receive from it the impression that no knowledge is final

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