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September 20, 1976

Manual of Surgical Nutrition

Author Affiliations

Mayo Medical School Rochester, Minn

JAMA. 1976;236(12):1406-1407. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270130064041

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In spite of a commendable purpose and several worthy chapters, this manual fails to achieve its aim. It does not "provide a... concise and portable review of the nutritional principles and practices for the practicing surgeon." Neither is it "a series of chapters carefully coordinated into a single manual." Were either of these claims true, it could be heartily welcomed.

How does it fail? Or, rather, supposing there is to be a second edition, how should it be improved? First, reduce the size by half. This could be done without sacrifice of factual content. The chapters by Brennan and Moore, Kinney, Scott, Duke and Dudrick, and several others could be retained but condensed by deleting extraneous words and phrases. Secondly, reduce the number of authors by half. The invited contributors should be knowledgeable in their assigned subjects, or they should be willing to verify their memories by returning to the