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August 11, 1956

Modern Operative Surgery in Two Volumes. Volume I

JAMA. 1956;161(15):1516. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970150084032

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The appearance of this fourth edition, published after the death of the senior author, indicates that this work has been popular in England; but failure to find a single copy of the third edition in the libraries of six medical schools is evidence that it has not been widely read by American surgeons. The book is a comprehensive presentation of "the whole range of modern surgical operations," with a discussion of the indications for operation, preoperative and postoperative care, and operative technique. The general organization of the material remains unchanged, and volume 1 includes sections on orthopedic, neural, thoracic, cardiovascular, and abdominal surgery, as well as sections on the conservative management of nonpulmonary tuberculosis, malignant disease, and diseases of the breast. The sections on hernias, diseases of the rectum and anus, and diseases of the neck, in addition to other surgical specialties, will be found in volume 2. Each section

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