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February 14, 1959

Atlas of Technics in Surgery

JAMA. 1959;169(7):776. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000240114024

To write an atlas of this type is a large undertaking. Dr. Madden and his contributors have combined their talents to produce a worthwhile atlas of surgical techniques but it must be emphasized that a book of this type would fall far short of its mark if the art work were not of the same caliber as the written text. Hence, special commendation must be given to the illustrators. The techniques illustrated represent those that have proved satisfactory in the hands of the author. Each operation is discussed not by its originator but rather by another surgeon who is particularly qualified in its performance. The various discussants have stressed important points and differences of opinion and stated their own preferences. This is a particularly valuable feature of the book. Many commonplace procedures have been included, as well as some of the newer and more extensive techniques, such as valvotomies, embolectomies,

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