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March 3, 1945

Surgery: A Textbook for Students

JAMA. 1945;127(9):553-554. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860090059023

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Much of the glamour and enthusiasm which accompany the first appraisal of any new book is lost in this case. The war effort is no doubt responsible for the quality of paper and binding used in this volume. However, the subject matter which it contains soon reveals its true worth. The author has made excellent use of a small number of illustrations and diagrams. They are of prime importance in any textbook on surgery, especially when it is written for students. The individual topics are well segregated in the text. This makes for a clearer understanding and a clearer reference availability.

It is unusual for one writer to attempt to cover the entire subject of surgery. This may result in the presenting of only one view on a controversial subject. The student especially should know that there are other and good methods and procedures in surgery. The disparaging remarks made

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