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January 25, 1947

The New Science of Surgery

JAMA. 1947;133(4):276. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880040062034

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Dr. Slaughter is the author of at least five novels. He has been a practicing surgeon both in civil life and under military conditions. He writes easily, so that his book is a fine contribution to better public information regarding the accomplishments of modern surgery and the investigations and discoveries which led to those accomplishments. There are excellent chapters on surgery of the chest and the heart, on the use of refrigeration and on brain surgery. Later chapters consider burns, plastic surgery and psychosomatic surgery. Of special interest at this time are the final chapters entitled "Is Surgery Too Expensive?" and "Medicine in the Postwar World." The final chapter is a reprint of an article written by the author in 1940 in which he proposes a system of medical care involving clinical practice by groups with government support where necessary and with a sort of combined compulsory and voluntary health

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