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October 29, 1927

Fundamentals of the Art of Surgery.

JAMA. 1927;89(18):1538-1539. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690180070036

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This is a clear and readable volume designed to furnish a more or less general outline of the principles underlying surgical practice. It is written especially for young men who are commencing a surgical career: house surgeons, and particularly young surgeons beginning their work in provincial towns, to whom it is dedicated. In keeping with its purpose, the first chapters are well written essays on surgical art, efficiency and judgment, and abound in common sense admonitions to the beginner. Each chapter is appropriately introduced, in true oslerian style, by various stimulating quotations, ranging in time from the Old Testament to those of the present day. There are numerous illustrations and a comprehensive index. The volume abounds with references to the work of American clinics, and is aware of the advances made by American surgeons. Possibly more might be said of the preoperative use of compound solution of iodine in the

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