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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
Hohf RP. New Soviet Surgical Apparatus and Instruments and Their Application. JAMA. 1961;178(6):683. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040450147033
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