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August 10, 1957

Treves' Student's Handbook of Surgical Operations

JAMA. 1957;164(15):1722. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980150090028

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For a book on surgical operations, this is a relatively small volume. Accordingly, the subject matter is greatly limited. The author has made no attempt to discuss indications for operation or preoperative and post-operative care. The material is taken up by regions rather than by disease. By limiting the text to techniques alone, the author was able to discuss many subjects, including those belonging to subspecialties. The first 60 pages deal with detailed technique, ligating various arteries throughout the body, and a thorough discussion of anatomy. The author devotes 16 pages to injections of nerves. The technique is described carefully with detailed description of anatomy. Sixty-seven pages are devoted to amputations; hemipelvectomy is not included. The author approves the anticolic Polya gastric resection. The technique for vagotomy is included. The author wisely recommends the use of a T-tube for drainage following cholecystectomy. Radical mastectomy is recommended for cancer of the

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