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August 4, 1923

The Pathological Physiology of Surgical Diseases. A Basis for Diagnosis and Treatment of Surgical Affections.

JAMA. 1923;81(5):413. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650050067040

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This is an unusually interesting book. Essentially surgical in its point of view, it is the work of a surgeon who is a trained biologist. This, in itself, would promise a useful and direct treatment of physiologic problems, and augur well for the selection and emphasis of such problems as commonly confront the observing surgeon and internist. The material is taken up in chapters devoted to the gastro-intestinal tract and its appendages, the spleen, the peritoneum, the urogenital apparatus, the hypophysis and the thyroid, the chest cavity, the central nervous system and the extremities. The difficulty of properly developing a great number of established facts and complex theories into an organic and compact treatise without confusing the reader or overwhelming him in a maze of detail is obvious. But because of his grasp of the subject, Rost has succeeded in making the book readable and in keeping the focus of

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