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January 10, 1931

Surgical Diagnosis. Volume I and Volume II.

JAMA. 1931;96(2):137-138. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720280055032

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Surgical Diagnosis. Volume III and General Index. By American Authors. Edited by Evarts Ambrose Graham, A.B., M.D., Bixby Professor of Surgery, School of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis. Cloth. Price, $35 per cent of three volumes and index. Pp. 1044, with 415 illustrations. Pp. 155 in index. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1930.

These three volumes with a separate general index, compiled by including contributions of various authors under the editorship of Dr. Graham, are devoted largely to surgical rather than to medical experience. Within the past few years the traditional "exploratory operation" has given way to surgical or preoperative diagnosis demanding extreme accuracy because the diagnosis is either verified or unverified promptly following operation. Today operative intervention is contraindicated until all human efforts have been exhausted in a profound attempt to arrive at a definite surgical diagnosis which is the basis for operation except in emergencies. Diagnostic procedures entail

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