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June 6, 1931

Modern Surgery, General and Operative.

JAMA. 1931;96(23):1980. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720490060036

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This edition has been brought down to date from the title page through to the z's in the index. As DaCosta says, the author in revising a book "must add the new if it seems to him to be true... and must have the courage to omit the new if it seems erroneous." He must not be "caught in the subtle trap of fashion in surgery and must be able to hold tenaciously to the old which seems to be correct." With these tenets in mind, a revision of a classic textbook might have the advantage over a completely modern textbook in surgery that an older experienced surgeon with a keen open mind has over the novitiate. To hold tenaciously to the old just because it is old is obviously wrong, but to hold tenaciously to the old which in the course of long experience seems to be correct is

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