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January 21, 1939

A Short Practice of Surgery

JAMA. 1939;112(3):267. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800030077035

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This work, long recognized as a masterpiece in the field of surgical compends, underwent a painstaking and thorough revision enabling it to maintain the position of unusual popularity and superiority. Thanks to their erudition, the authors managed to include all that is new in surgery without increasing the number of pages, certainly an enviable and not easily attainable accomplishment. This has been done by omitting everything that is nonessential and by relegating rare conditions and polemic subjects to a smaller type. All important points are dealt with adequately, equal attention being paid to the pathology, etiology, clinical features and treatment of surgical conditions. The language of the text is terse and concise yet not dry; the illustrations are well executed. A perusal of all chapters revealed several minor omissions. For instance on page 67, among gas forming bacilli, B. aerogenes capsulatus and B. oedematis maligni have not been mentioned. The

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