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November 2, 1957

Surgeons All

JAMA. 1957;165(9):1218. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980270128041

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This book, which should prove interesting to both the beginning surgeon and the older surgeon who has retired and is looking back at the successes and failures in his life's work, is also an excellent introduction for the medical student, and a most interesting story for the layman who is a doctor at heart and was only prevented by circumstances from becoming professionally trained. The foreword by Gogarty is prehaps one of the best prefaces ever written to a book of this kind. The story of surgery begins in prehistoric times, develops to a surprising degree among the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, and then becomes lost, to be rediscovered in the Middle Ages. Some of the surgeons were wise, others foolish; some honest, others quacks; some brave, some timid; but almost all were interesting. The story is well told, and although not everyone would agree with Gogarty when he says,

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