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May 29, 1954

History of the Second World War: United Kingdom Medical Series.

JAMA. 1954;155(5):529. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690230113041

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This is another volume in the United Kingdom Series on the history of World War II, compiled under the direction of an editorial board. Numerous names of members of the board representing the governmental services, as well as those of the editorial committee, appear in the introductory pages. This is an outstanding presentation of the surgical procedures followed in the British Medical Service. The book has 25 chapters with illustrations—some in color—and bibliographies at the end of most of the chapters. An excellent introduction on surgery in wartime is provided by Sir W. H. Ogilvie. The chapter on shock and resuscitation was written by Sir Zachary Cope.

In the chapter on abdominal and thoracoabdominal injuries Sir Gordon Gordon-Taylor points out that the marked improvement in the results of abdominal surgery is related far less to any remarkable change in operative technique than to such surgical adjuvants as limitless blood and

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