This textbook is presented with a foreword by Gavin Miller, who states the background of the book in the following terms: "The undergraduate must be taught the principles of surgery, the appreciation of clinical signs and symptoms, and methods of examination, so as to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. He should know when surgery should be recommended and have a fair idea of what is the best surgical treatment so that he can refer his patient to the surgeon best qualified to carry out the definitive treatment." This book represents the collective thought of many Canadian surgeons, and many outstanding surgeons of Canada have contributed to this work. The volume is large, but it includes an enormous amount of material that is presented in a concise form. The references at the end of each chapter are well chosen and, in some instances, are profuse. The references are to many contributions
Textbook of Surgery. JAMA. 1953;151(14):1244. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940140088033
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