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August 7, 1943


JAMA. 1943;122(15):1050. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840320068034

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As a textbook for surgeons and practitioners, this should satisfy three requirements: the author's large personal experience, so that he may speak authentically as well as learnedly; his wise and unbiased selection of other men's contributions, based on a sense of responsibility equally keen for acceptance and for rejection; and, finally, that pedagogic ability which brings forth clearness in presentation, emphasis on essentials and, above all, responsibility for giving the reader definite and specific answers to specific questions. Dr. Magnuson's book ought to pass favorably on all three counts. It is practical, it is based largely on personal experience, it contains just enough of the basic facts of anatomy and pathology to support the rationality of his treatment. For instance, in the chapter on fractures of the humerus and femur we find no profusion of methods; the author prefers traction methods, he describes them accurately, he does not spare details,

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