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January 31, 1959

The Care of the Patient in Surgery Including Techniques

JAMA. 1959;169(5):542. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000220122035

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It is indeed rare to visit an operating suite that does not have a copy of Alexander's now classic work. This new edition is excellent and a worthy successor to its predecessors. It is concerned primarily with operating room procedures and armamentarium. Although it is beamed to nurses, it might be of great value to the young surgeon as a general review of procedures and an orientation in the responsibilities of the operating room staff. The general format of the book has not been changed, although there has been much revision reflecting changes in surgical procedures in the past nine years. The chapter on neurosurgery is especially well written. That on cardiovascular operations considers the established procedures being performed in most hospitals today but does not discuss the highly technical procedures requiring bypass and oxygenating equipment. The author is to be complimented on writing a concise informative textbook. It can

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