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November 11, 1961

New Soviet Surgical Apparatus and Instruments and Their Application

JAMA. 1961;178(6):683. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040450147033

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Abstract

The proceedings of the first scientific session of the Scientific Research Institute for Experimental Surgical Apparatus and Instruments ( a branch of the U.S.S.R. Ministry of Health) held Dec. 6 to 8, 1956, are reported in an excellent English translation. They summarize the institute's first 5 years of work in which more than 100 surgical appliances were designed and modernized, including about a dozen that are new. One group of papers describes the problems of the science of medical instrument making. A second group gives information regarding experience with new apparatus. A third section deals with the artificial circulation of blood.

The book has a general mood of vitality and shows effort to prove itself with overtones that its purpose is to glorify the government. A sense of inferiority and need for justification is communicated in frequent, unsupported dogmatic statements. Nonetheless, the papers are well organized and clearly presented, although frequently

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