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December 19, 1953

Surgical Pathology

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By Lauren V. Ackerman, M.D., Professor of Surgical Pathology and Pathology, Washington University, School of Medicine, St. Louis. Cloth. $14.50. Pp. 836, with 913 illustrations. C. V. Mosby Company, 3207 Washington Blvd., St. Louis 3, 1953.

JAMA. 1953;153(16):1494-1495. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940330078038

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Although much work has no doubt gone into the preparation of this book, the result is disappointing. The reader is confused because of the numerous ambiguous statements, inconsistencies, and dogmas. One is at a loss to explain why a book on surgical pathology would attempt to censure the modern surgeon with such a statement as " `Can I get away with this operation?' " The reviewer feels certain that the modern surgeon, who truly lives up to that appellation, is primarily interested in the patient and not in surgical exhibitionism. Again one is at a loss to understand another innuendo aimed at the surgeon, when on page 18 the statement appears that technical dexterity is "a fairly common commodity." Such ungracious statements are pointless and surely do not fall into the realm of surgical pathology.

Numerous contradictions are noted throughout the text, the most blatant example of which is the following: The

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