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November 30, 1957

Current Surgical Management: A Book of Alternative Viewpoints on Controversial Surgical Problems

JAMA. 1957;165(13):1763. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980310115031

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This is a most unusual and worthwhile book. Presentation of the differences of opinions by authorities in their respective fields aids one to approach a problem with less dogmatism and a more open mind. This book does not provide the answers but rather demonstrates the ways in which experts consider a problem and arrive at the conclusions which direct the therapy. The book forces one to do his own thinking after surveying the views and notions of these qualified men. The material presented includes those topics which are the more commonplace. This is praiseworthy. Some of the controversies discussed include early or late operation for acute cholecystitis; sphincterotomy or internal drainage for pseudocysts of the pancreas; vagotomy or gastric resection for duodenal ulcer; and simple closure, gastric resection, or nonoperative treatment for perforated peptic ulcer. The material has been edited so well that there is a minimum of repetition. The

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