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May 10, 1952

Surgical Practice of the Lahey Clinic

JAMA. 1952;149(2):208. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930190110038

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Abstract

The book contains much information and can be recommended to anyone interested in surgery. It contains frank and authoritative discussions on many accepted and moot procedures. The contents discussed are: thyroid gland and neck; esophagus, lungs, and heart; stomach and duodenum; small intestine, colon, sigmoid, and rectum; biliary tract; spleen, adrenal gland, and pancreas; breast; pelvis; bones and joints; brain, spinal cord, and nerves; and anesthesia.

In the section dealing with subtotal thyroidectomy, there is the description of the operation originally described by Lahey, which has given him excellent results. Figure 16 on page 29 reveals platysma muscle being present in the midline. Since the platysma is deficient in this position, it would have been well to have shown this structure laterally rather than directly in the center. The section pertaining to tracheotomy after thyroidectomy is timely and well done. On the last line of page 132, dealing with tumors

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