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October 13, 1956

Textbook of British Surgery. Volume One: The Abdomen

JAMA. 1956;162(7):694. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970240076034

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This book is the first of three volumes that have been planned to cover the entire field of surgery. Such an undertaking is unique in this day of specialization. The contributors include more than 40 British surgeons, each a recognized authority in his particular sphere. The subjects they deal with include surgical anatomy; abdominal injuries; intestinal fistulas; the stomach, duodenum, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and spleen; portal hypertension; peritoneoscopy; acute intestinal obstruction; the appendix; peritonitis; regional ileitis; diverticulosis of the small intestine; neonatal intestine obstruction; hernia; the colon; actinomycosis; and the rectum and anus. The function of the book is to correlate, for candidates for higher examinations, the surgical concepts current in Great Britain. The general surgeon, as well as the general practitioner, has been considered in the preparation of this volume. It is surprising that the bibliography is small and selective and not of recent date. The statistics quoted are

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