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September 11, 1948

Textbook of General Surgery

JAMA. 1948;138(2):164. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900020060038

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Now in its fifth edition, this teaching volume continues to improve. The general plan of the text remains unchanged. The advances made in surgery are specifically reflected. These include the lessons of the war and the growing knowledge of chemotherapeutic and antibiotic agents. Functional concepts of shock are presented with a clear understanding of the surgeon's point of view. Pleasing is the emphasis on the clinical, pathologic and physiologic aspects of surgery with relegation of technic to a minor status. The uses of the surgical tools— the hollow needle, the various fluids, chemotherapeutic agents, tubes, catheters and dressings, with which the interns and externs spend so much time—are well described. This is proper business for the student. There is time for major surgical technic later. The book continues to merit recommendation for teaching of medical students.

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