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November 15, 1919

The Student's Textbook of Surgery.

JAMA. 1919;73(20):1545. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610460063034

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It is frequently difficult to give a just appraisal of a book, and there is always danger of doing an injustice to the author by allowing a few minor faults to warp our judgment so that a really meritorious product fails to receive just appreciation. Nevertheless, works that are intended as models for students and as authoritative sources of information for the general profession must maintain a high standard; inaccuracy and dogmatic dismissal of accepted belief cannot be tolerated; and truth must not be sacrificed for the sake of brevity. This book is a British book, and in its failure to appreciate the contributions of American investigators, is a typical expression of the European state of mind. In most sections the work is excellent; in others, we miss much that has seemed of importance. For instance: In the discussion of the treatment of burns, the picric and boric acid methods

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