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August 31, 1957

Understanding Surgery

JAMA. 1957;164(18):2098. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980180100027

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This book was written for the laity. Clarity has been maintained throughout by the use of nontechnical terms and simple pen and ink drawings. Eight authors have collaborated on sections dealing with ocular surgery, otorhinolaryngology, neurosurgery, surgery of the neck and chest, abdominal surgery, urology, gynecology, orthopedics, and surgery of the superficial tissues. Unnecessary overlapping of subject material has been avoided. Although the technical material is excellent and timely, this is a glaring example of poor book making. The pages have been placed off center and the sentences seem to run up and down hill. It was indeed a strain on the eyes to attempt to read the book. It may be that the reviewer's copy was a bad one and that in later copies these faults have been corrected. The material contained in the book can be recommended to the lay reader.

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