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December 2, 1950

Techniques in British Surgery

JAMA. 1950;144(14):1218. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920140078031

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Abstract

This work represents a compilation of articles by 29 British surgeons, each of whom is an authority in his field. While the title may suggest that surgical technics are different in Britain, this is not the case. Surgical procedure today in Britain is not different from that practised in the United States, or, for that matter, anywhere else.

The arrangement of the material is not well balanced. The space devoted to orthopedic procedures greatly overbalances such timely subjects as surgery of the gastrointestinal tract. It seems that in a one volume work, a chapter on so highly specialized a subject as mammaplasty, to which 15 pages are devoted, is obviously a superfluity. The section on the surgical treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis is timely and well written. It is felt that the term "incautious" should be discarded from a surgical textbook, for caution is the keynote of all surgery (page 291,

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