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October 26, 1940

Minor Surgery

JAMA. 1940;115(17):1481. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810430071038

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That this is the fourth edition in eleven years attests the popularity of this book and the immensely practical task it fulfils. The collection of a tremendous amount of authoritative data freely fortified by numerous and recent references is, in itself, a considerable accomplishment. The large amount of material included occasionally permits a slight element of confusion to creep in. Quotations from a number of authorities lend credence to a point of view without justifying its inclusion in a book of this nature. A good portion of the book has been prepared with the surgical intern and resident in mind.

It is interesting to note that the injection technic for inguinal hernia has been properly omitted despite its reported good results in the hands of a limited number of experts. Future editions will no doubt contain even less controversial matter as the fields of major and minor surgery grow more

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