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August 10, 1957

Surgery: Principles and Practice

JAMA. 1957;164(15):1721-1722. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980150089027

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This comprehensive book was designed primarily for use by medical students. It is sufficiently detailed and current to serve as an excellent reference work for the practicing surgeon, and its systematic organization should make it of interest to teachers. The editors are distinguished surgeons with broad experience, teachers whose ability is recognized, and research workers who have made significant contributions to medical knowledge. The other contributors are of similar ability. The first chapter is an excellent discussion of surgical philosophy. Surgery is defined as "a body of knowledge not only of operative techniques but also of human anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, bacteriology, medicine and psychology." The obligations of the surgeon in patient care and beyond patient care are well presented. The modern concepts of surgery serve as the basis of organization of the succeeding chapters. Fourteen chapters are devoted to the basic sciences and their application to diagnosis, preoperative

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