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April 9, 1938

Practical Proctology

JAMA. 1938;110(15):1220. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790150066031

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The author has followed a well made outline in his discussions and has written a volume in clear, readable English, thoroughly punctuated with his personality. He has wisely avoided the encyclopedic type of textbook, as well as historical and theoretical temptations, and has recorded his own beliefs and his proved technic. The entire subject matter has been reinforced by the statistics of a large clinic and by the assistance and cooperation of many professional associates. In this way bacteriologic topics and the chapter on anesthesia, parasitology, therapeutics and surgical technic become complete and authoritative. Few photographic illustrations are used, fortunately, the text being well supplied with excellent diagrammatic illustrations made by experts in anatomic drawing. These enhance the value of the volume notably. The author has taken pains to differentiate between anal and rectal lesions and given a clear cut terminology of fistula. The willingness of the author to question

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