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March 6, 1954

Anatomy and Surgery of Hernia

JAMA. 1954;154(10):877-878. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940440075034

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A distinguished anatomist and a surgeon with an intense interest in hernia have compiled a treatise on the anatomy and surgery of hernia. The superb illustrations and careful anatomic descriptions in the legends will be familiar. The idea that gave rise to the book is sound, and the result is a real contribution to the literature on this subject. Some disjointedness is created by the change in viewpoint from chapter to chapter. Sections on inguinal, femoral, and some pelvic hernias, which make up the major portion of the book, are based on detailed anatomic dissections of the lesions. Other parts are based on more or less accepted normal anatomy and are less authoritative. Moreover, the anatomic descriptions are factual and cold; the description of operations is personal and almost impassioned. It is in this latter area that some differences of opinion may arise, because the surgeon author sets forth almost

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