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August 9, 1941

A Short Practice of Surgery

JAMA. 1941;117(6):493. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820320085027

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This is the fifth edition of this book over a period of nine years. At first glance this may appear to be an excessive number of revisions, but comparison with a popular American textbook reveals that this volume had been revised the same number of times over the past decade. These frequent editions are indicative of the rapid changes in the science of surgery, but they also indicate the difficulty of fitting a modern textbook on surgery to the needs of the student. In many respects this book is an excellent summary of clinical surgery. Little or no surgical technic other than the principles of operations is included. Cursory descriptions of clinical diagnostic features and brief pathologic anatomic descriptions are the chief contents. The book begins with some fundamentals of bacteriology essential to the surgeon and with certain specific infectious diseases. It then proceeds to the various surgical problems associated

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