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April 16, 1938

The Surgery of the Sympathetic Nervous System

JAMA. 1938;110(16):1312. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790160070032

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That this little monograph on so specialized a subject should have met with a demand for a second edition within less than three and one-half years is ample evidence of its value to the medical profession. So enthusiastic a reception for a work of this type is surprising. The authors have adhered closely to their title. The clinical history of the diseases with which they deal finds little place here. The book presupposes a thorough knowledge of the conditions under discussion. The uninformed will find little to aid them in diagnosing their cases. Differential diagnosis is not considered. The authors' sole concern in this direction is with selection of cases for operation from among those already recognized and classified. The discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the sympathetic nervous system is minimal, being restricted to that absolutely demanded by their discussion of surgical procedures. The discussion of the surgery

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