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November 27, 1943

Pye's Surgical Handicraft: A Manual of Surgical Manipulations, Minor Surgery, and Other Matters Connected with the Work of Surgical Dressers, House Surgeons, and Practitioners

JAMA. 1943;123(13):871. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840480071033

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The resiliency of the British as they continue to publish arouses complete admiration. This book enters its thirteenth edition during a span of nearly sixty years. Twice bombed out, it now appears in definitely improved form. The many technics and details of procedure that are casually mentioned in school and have to be learned at the bedside, often with considerable embarrassment to intern and patient alike, are well described. They range from the proper manner of putting on rubber gloves to the management of a T tube inserted in the common bile duct. Many of the descriptions are accompanied by excellent photographic reproductions and drawings to emphasize important points. The complete coverage of minor surgery and common accidents befalling the novice bespeak the many years of experience which have molded the foundations for this book. It has the added advantage of not presenting too many ways of doing the same

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