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December 27, 1941

Essentials of General Surgery

JAMA. 1941;117(26):2291. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820520087036

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The author admirably succeeded in condensing into a single volume the ever spreading field of general surgery. After a concise but comprehensive discussion of fundamental general problems such as anesthesia, surgical technic and asepsis, the common surgical lesions of different parts of the body, their diagnosis and methods of treatment are described in a masterly manner. No superfluous words are used, yet nothing is omitted that has a bearing on the subject. Although the book has been written primarily for the undergraduate student, it contains enough detail to have an appeal not only to a general practitioner but even to a surgeon who wishes to brush up on the latest advances in his selected field. Several chapters have been written by other members of the staff of the University of Minnesota Medical School, but all are characterized by the same features: brevity, clarity of presentation, easy style, good illustrations. Few

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