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Volume 3 of this eight-volume publication is the work of 24 contributors, and volume 4 is the work of 21. Each subject is approached with the following divisions in mind: (1) preoperative care, (2) operative technique, and (3) postoperative care. The line drawings are clear, anatomically correct, and well placed. A selective bibliography, primarily British, follows each section. The format is excellent. Special commendation should be given for the section dealing with open heart surgery. The discussion of cardiac arrest is well documented and worthy of frequent review by all surgeons. As is true of all British publications, the choice of words and manner of expression are gratifying. Few superfluous words appear in these two volumes. A few statistics at the end of each description, showing the results of operation, would have added to the interest. Where more than one operation is discussed, the relative merits of each operation are
Operative Surgery. Volume Three: Rectum and Anus, Thorax. Volume Four: Head and Neck and Clearance of Lymph Nodes, Vascular Surgery, Endocrine Glands. JAMA. 1957;165(13):1764. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980310116035
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