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April 13, 1957

Modern Operative Surgery in Two Volumes. Volume II

JAMA. 1957;163(15):1412-1413. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970500096035

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The axiom that life is short and art is long is especially true in the ever-changing field of surgery, but the discrepancy has been reduced by the editors and contributing authors of this second half of "Modern Operative Surgery." The volume contains authoritative accounts of current procedures in cranial surgery, plastic surgery, urology, gynecology, ophthalmology, and otorhinolaryngology. Other chapters deal with hernia, the sympathetic nervous system, the neck, the upper and lower limits of the alimentary tract, and radiotherapy. The elements of this book have been skillfully welded into a well-balanced and well-written whole. The presentation avoids the dual hazards of personalized dogmatism and the surgical recipe-book style, yet it provides a comprehensive survey of current British surgical practice. The omission of some of the advances in therapy of the past year or two is justified by the adequacy of contemporary publications on these subjects.

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