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May 26, 1956

Christopher's Textbook of Surgery

JAMA. 1956;161(4):396. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970040094028

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The first edition of this textbook appeared in 1936. In the past 20 years it has undergone five revisions and has justifiably gained top ranking. The editor has surrounded himself with 86 distinguished contributors in preparing the new edition. Advancements in the principles of surgery, the extension of the bounds of surgical procedures, and the contributions of the basic sciences to surgical therapy have been outstanding in recent years. For these reasons authors were chosen who could best present these advances as they apply to surgery, both general and regional. Each author substantiates his statements by a selected authoritative bibliography. A unique feature is a background sketch that appears beneath the name of each contributor. The opening chapter is an excellent review of the history of surgery. This section also includes a discussion on the training of the surgeon. The final chapter deals with the qualifications of a surgeon. Ethical

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