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September 21, 1940

A Textbook of Surgery

JAMA. 1940;115(12):1044. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810380074033

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This has been revised and brought down to date in many particulars. General surgical subjects such as repair of wounds, surgical bacteriology, technic, suppuration, trauma and specific diseases are discussed first. To each chapter there is attached a historical prologue which is both interesting and instructive. These historical sketches aid greatly in the proper introduction of the student to surgery. The anatomy of the locale under discussion is well described and frequently clarified by a simple line sketch. Diagnosis of surgical diseases together with etiology and pathology is treated in a thorough and scholarly manner. There is a trace of pedantism, as evidenced by a tendency to involved sentence structure and a rather stilted style of writing. In many portions, however, the flow of words is free and easy and is pleasantly received by the medical student. The greater portion of the book deals with specific surgical problems of the

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