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September 9, 1939

Textbook of General Surgery

JAMA. 1939;113(11):1056. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800360070028

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This is another textbook of general surgery designed primarily for the medical student. The material is made up, as is obvious from the text and as is stated in the preface, from lectures in general surgery and the specialties. The authors have succeeded in retaining the fundamental clarity and simplicity necessary for proper teaching. Brevity has been achieved by the omission of technical details and descriptions of operations. As Evarts Graham states in the foreword, it is futile to attempt to make an undergraduate an accomplished surgeon. The book begins with chapters on inflammation and repair and then presents the subjects of sepsis and antisepsis, infections, wounds and surgical methods used in treatment. The chapter on infections and injuries of the hands is brief but clear for such a difficult subject, which is basic not only for surgeons but for all general practitioners. The chapter on fractures, sprains and dislocations

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