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March 31, 1951

Surgery: Orthodox and Heterodox

JAMA. 1951;145(13):1021. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920310077039

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This book is a collection of some of the addresses delivered by the author. Although the title of the work is a good one, it does not apply to the text presented, with the exception of that section on orthodoxy and heterodoxy in surgery. In the main, the contents are jumbled, showing a lack of planning, organization and purpose. It seems as if many subjects were merely thrown together at random. In the section "British and Continental Surgeons" the author states that "the opinions of foreigners are rarely well enough informed," and, in the very next section, on "The American Surgeon," he takes it on himself to caustically comment on American surgeons and surgery. He considers as adverse the Halsted tradition, referring to Halsted as "an aloof personality," yet he states that he never met Halsted. He bases his opinions on observations made on the works of men trained by

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