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January 28, 1939

Modern Surgical Technic

JAMA. 1939;112(4):359. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800040077032

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If it is possible to write a "stream-lined" modern version of surgical procedure and art, this three volume edition comes close to the mark. Surgery has reached a state of minute subdivision and there are now specialists in the surgery of individual organs. A vast literature has grown up in each of the various fields. The author has tried to dispense as much as possible with needless discussion. The work is divided in the usual manner into topographic divisions including the head and neck, chest, breast, hernia, abdominal surgery, pelvic and genitourinary. Other portions include bones and joints, the neglected field of amputations, and other accessory information necessary to the surgeon.

This work reflects the author's experience. Much space is devoted to his method of electrocoagulation of the gallbladder. However, he follows this with an excellent description of Maingot's technic. He departs from usual conservative procedure in advocating a minimum

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