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April 28, 1956

The Surgical Technic of Abdominal Operations

JAMA. 1956;160(17):1537. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960520099022

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This work, originally appearing in 1936, is an encyclopedic manual of technique for the abdominal surgeon. The author first covers certain basic surgical procedures, such as knot tying, and he develops his discussion of most of the recognized abdominal procedures by text directions and illustration. The book is thus suitable for the surgeon in training or for the practicing surgeon who wishes to refresh his memory of procedures he uses infrequently. The text is almost purely descriptive, often to the point of redundancy. The copious illustrations are clear, for the most part, though at times they are too diagrammatic to be of much practical use. One of the strongest points is the careful bibliographic annotation of the origins of the different techniques, which are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Most of the standard procedures are thoroughly and understandably depicted. There is little discrimination, however, so that much space is given

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