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September 9, 1939

Surgical Anatomy

JAMA. 1939;113(11):1057. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800360071031

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In the foreword Dean Lewis declares that gross anatomy is now a sterile field for research but that the importance of gross anatomy to the clinic has not changed. To the surgeon gross anatomy is of paramount and permanent importance. Constant advances in surgical technic necessitate revision in anatomic textbooks designed for surgeons. The need for such works is demonstrated by the widespread popularity which this textbook has gained in its comparatively brief existence. Standard traditional treatises on gross anatomy do not change much from edition to edition. However, surgery, which is the clinical approach to anatomy, constantly demands reorientation and reemphasis of previously established concepts. In fulfilling this aim, this volume comes close to the mark. A considerable amount of contemporary material has been incorporated, as is at once evidenced by the recent dates on many of the illustrations. It is pleasing that, although new additions are numerous, the

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