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September 24, 1949

Handbook of Surgery

JAMA. 1949;141(4):296. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910040058032

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This is the second edition of a book popular with medical students in England and particularly in Scotland. As the title indicates, it is a handbook, or compend, based on the lecture notes used by the authors in teaching a course of review preparatory for final examinations. In this comparatively small volume the entire field of surgery is covered briefly, but rather completely and well. Only the salient features of a subject are presented. Sufficient explanatory matter, however, is added so that the subject may be understood and easily remembered. There is nothing original in the presentation. The material is up to date, accurately presented, inclusive in detail and yet sufficiently concise to be appreciated and digested within a reasonable time. The book is recommended to undergraduates, for whom it is intended.

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