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November 17, 1956

Surgery for General Practice

JAMA. 1956;162(12):1197. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970290093035

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This textbook is a unique contribution. The author drew on his associates working in specialized fields in the same clinic, and the experiences cover a span of many years. The concept of treating the total patient rather than a diseased segment of his body is continually emphasized. The subjects discussed include local anesthesia, hemorrhage, shock, injury, surgical infection and chemotherapy, anticoagulants, burns, plastic surgery, tumors, surgical disorders of all parts of the body, hypertension, intractable pain, peripheral nerve surgery, and fractures. The limits of a textbook for general practitioners are difficult to define with accuracy. The underlying philosophy of the author in emphasizing the obligation to treat the whole patient is commendable. One may envision a simple problem initially, but it may rapidly become complicated. The author, therefore, has encompassed in this book methods of surgical treatment that will conduct patients safely through problems of changing complexity. The author has

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