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May 13, 1939

The Essentials of Modern Surgery

JAMA. 1939;112(19):1992. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800190106033

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This book succeeds in its attempt to present the essentials of modern surgery in concise form for both students and practitioners. While it represents the work of fifteen authors, who are responsible for individual chapters, the chapters contributed by the senior author are especially fine. The numerous and instructive illustrations are, unsurpassed in any similar volume. In arrangement the book resembles many current volumes in the same field, beginning with an entirely adequate treatment of the pathology of inflammation, infections and the principles of surgical technic and then passing on to regional surgery. The text is lucid, interesting and in general authoritative. However, an American reviewer is surprised to find in the chapter on anesthesia considerable discussion of chloroform but no mention of ethylene or of some of the more recent inhalation anesthetic agents. A more adequate discussion of diseases of the biliary tract and of cholecystography seems desirable. No

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