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The purpose of this collection of lectures, by two leading orthopedic surgeons, is to make available to the advanced medical student and general practitioner information as to the diagnosis and the immediate treatment of diseases and lesions falling in the domain of orthopedic surgery. The authors emphasize those contacts between orthopedic surgery and general medicine and general surgery which every physician encounters. The subject matter should enable the practitioner to apply intelligent "first aid" and to recognize the nature of the lesion or the presence of the underlying disease.
The authors became convinced eight years ago that the purely didactic lecture was inefficient. For six years with several rewritings they have presented these lectures to the students. They believe that in the four year medical course the student should be taught only enough of the recognized specialties of medicine and surgery to enable him to meet the demands of general
Fundamentals of Orthopædic Surgery in General Medicine and Surgery (Harvard Lectures). JAMA. 1932;98(12):1021–1022. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730380089036
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