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May 28, 1955

Christopher's Minor Surgery

JAMA. 1955;158(4):354. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960040112031

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The editors of this edition have drawn upon collaborators who are members of their own departments of surgery, most of whom are junior associates. Inasmuch as the book is a textbook, it lacks the seasoned clinical surgeon's point of view, which was so evident in all previous editions. One gets the feeling of inbreeding of opinions, particularly where cotton is so strongly urged as a suture material, in chapter 1. The book is divided into sections, each by different authors: (1) general considerations, (2) skin and subcutaneous (adjacent) tissues, (3) musculoskeletal system, (4) alimentary tract, (5) peripheral vascular diseases, (6) genitourinary system, (7) the head, and (8) the nervous system. In the chapter dealing with tumors, an illustration is presented of a patient with carcinoma of the thyroid. A short discussion follows. This seems out of place in a textbook titled "Minor Surgery." The style is uniform and crisp. The

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