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The production of a new work in surgery is an event greeted with critical interest. The mere delineation of a number of operations is not ordinarily sufficient to warrant publication. In many ways this volume justifies itself because of the fresh points of view. A number of distinguished surgeons have collaborated in presenting the various phases of abdominal surgery. The book begins with a large section on anesthesia which is actually the work of six men. The advantages of such a method are obvious, since each man writes about the particular type of anesthetic or other agent in which he is most interested. The disadvantages can be overcome only by firm editorial guidance, so that contradictions and repetitions are eliminated. Furthermore, such an arrangement may permit important omissions. It is questionable whether or not the field of anesthesia is now so complex that one or two skilled and well trained
Operative Surgery Including Anesthesia, Pre- and Postoperative Treatment, Principles of Surgical Technic, Blood Transfusion and Abdominal Surgery. JAMA. 1941;117(24):2107. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820500089035
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