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August 20, 1955

Minor Surgery

JAMA. 1955;158(16):1481. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960160075032

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The author was confronted by the eternal problem of differentiating between major and minor surgery. He considers minor procedures those concerned with simple uncomplicated conditions that do not endanger the patient's life or future health. This excellent book is written in a succinct style with a lack of redundancy. Chapter 6 gives an outstanding discussion of the problems of "antimicrobials," an aptly applied term. Intelligent and effective use of these agents depends on ascertaining the clinical diagnosis and the identity of the organism responsible for the infection. The advocacy of general anesthesia in the office or home is questionable to those who practice in areas well supplied with hospital facilities, but we must bear in mind our neighbors who do not have such advantages. A greater number of illustrations would enhance the value of this work. This book should be a valuable asset to the general practitioner and can be

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