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July 20, 1940

Minor Surgery

JAMA. 1940;115(3):243. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810290073041

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This is a pocket size but excellent work on the subject. However, as the author himself indicates, it is a rather difficult task to determine what is "minor" and what is "major" in surgery. It seems that a discussion of history taking as it pertains to duodenal ulcer or cholelithiasis is completely out of place in a work called "Minor Surgery." The same applies to examination for acute abdominal conditions, preparation of the patient for operation, and the technic of cystoscopy or operation for hydrocele. Yet when one considers that the purpose of this volume is to be a guide to hospital residents called on to deal with common emergencies or minor surgical problems, it is understandable and forgivable. The title, however, may be changed to "Surgical Manual for Hospital Residents." The book is written unusually well, in clear concise language. The material is entirely abreast of the time from

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