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October 13, 1962

Surgery: A Concise Guide to Clinical Practice

JAMA. 1962;182(2):216. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050410112034

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The challenging problem confronting the 23 authors of this text undoubtedly is the choice of material, the extent of its discussion, and the reference list on the pertinent subjects discussed.

Due consideration is given to the presentation of the subspecialties and the general surgical disease entities and to problems pertinent to their fields. The inclusion in the beginning of the text of the psychological problems encountered in surgical practice is worthy of notice. This is followed by a discussion of the medicolegal components as seen in the practice of surgery. It is heartening to note the importance given to the history and physical examination of the patient and the consideration given to the problems of pre- and postoperative management of the patient. Wound healing and biochemical changes in the body, as seen in surgical patients, are emphasized in the discussion.

Certain typographical errors detract from the value of the text

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