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March 17, 1951

Principles and Practice of Surgery

JAMA. 1951;145(11):856-857. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920290082043

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This book is divided into five parts: general considerations of surgical principles; local response and general body reactions to injury; general reactions to injury; reactions of tissues and organs to trauma of unknown origin, and diseases and injuries of specific organs and systems. Chapter 1, which deals with the historical review, is written in an abbreviated form but pleasingly enough to appeal to the average student interested in this neglected phase of surgery. The fundamental subjects pertaining to repair, reaction, bacterial invasion and inflammation are presented in a well organized manner. However, the description of eliciting fluctuation on page 96 could have been improved on. Chapter 6, on ulcer and gangrene, is particularly well written. Separate chapters are devoted to the subjects of tuberculosis and syphilis, with adequate space devoted to each as related to surgery. The sections on the circulatory system and the respiratory system are very well done

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