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July 14, 1962

Fundamental Approach to Surgical Problems

JAMA. 1962;181(2):173. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050280103022

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This timely reminder to the medical profession describes the patient as a whole, rather than by systems or regional anatomical segments. Emphasis is placed on the basic functional and anatomic pathogenesis of illnesses. The "whys" in the genesis of diseases, treatment, complications, and prognoses are stressed, rather than the "how," "what," "when," or "where." This book deals mainly with discipline of the mind, going beyond facts and findings, looking for underlying reasons which trigger these phenomena.

The introduction by Dr. Warner F. Bowers should be read by all medical students as well as by young residents who are starting the long period of learning the art of surgery. The philosophy underlying the book is unreservedly recommended to all who have a role in teaching our present-day surgical students.

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