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January 27, 1940

Atlas of Surgical Operations

JAMA. 1940;114(4):350. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810040060032

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This is a small volume containing large illustrations which portray more than fifty surgical procedures accurately and with considerable clarity. A few, for example of anastomoses of the gastrointestinal tract, are too crowded and small to permit easy understanding of important surgical points. The page opposite each illustration contains a brief statement concerning preoperative and postoperative care, procedure and anesthesia. The authors found it impossible to eliminate surgical indications completely for the methods described, and these are not presented with sufficient length. The atlas is of value in illustrating how a certain operation could be accomplished. Methods ranging from tonsillectomy to amputations are included. However, mention is not made of male genital surgery or of urinary tract surgery. Abdominal, intestinal and gynecologic operations are described in excellent detail. An attempt has been made to fill in the gap which exists in surgical textbooks between the theoretical phases of surgery and

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