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September 9, 1939

The Student's Handbook of Surgical Operations

JAMA. 1939;113(11):1058. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800360072034

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The popularity of this practical little manual on surgical procedure has probably diminished somewhat since its inception, because of the vast growth of surgery and the number of larger treatises which have appeared on the subject. It is hardly possible to revise a book of this type to bring it completely down to date. Only a few examples are necessary. It is now many years since the Billroth-Mikulicz operation for partial gastric resection was considered the method of choice, yet this method is the focus of description. Mention is not made of the various Polya types of gastric resection which are now widely used or of the use of living fascial suture in the repair of hernia. Such shortcomings, however, are chiefly in the field of major surgery, which students are not expected to know thoroughly. This book is of course written for the English student and as such is

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