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February 17, 1940

The Surgery of Injury and Plastic Repair

JAMA. 1940;114(7):607. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810070073032

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This large book, which represents an immense amount of research, is an ambitious attempt to encompass within one volume the entire literature of traumatic surgery. The author admits falling short of the mark, as the special surgery of the neck, trunk and extremities was withheld for a future volume to supplement the present one, which deals with the structures of the exterior head. However, since almost half of the book is taken up with fundamental principles of surgical repair, it is quite evident that the most important part of the work is herein offered in complete form. The author has thoroughly analyzed the literature and presented every recognized point of view with regard to manifold aspects of traumatic surgery in general and presents them without bias so that the reader can judge for himself. The general preoperative and postoperative care of the patient, choice of anesthetics, methods of administering them,

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