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February 21, 1977

Manual on Control of Infection in Surgical Patients

Author Affiliations

University of Cincinnati Medical Center Cincinnati

JAMA. 1977;237(8):807-808. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270350067031

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This publication by the American College of Surgeons represents another valuable contribution in the series of manuals dealing with selected topics of major interest to surgeons and the health care industry. The compact, well-designed volume resulted from four symposia held between March 1970 and November 1972 under the auspices of the American College of Surgeons and directed by the Committee on Control of Surgical Infections. From the contributions of approximately 100 persons, an editorial subcommittee distilled the observations and recommendations into a manageable, eminently useful source of information, intended to "provide busy clinical surgeons, surgical interns and residents, nurses, anesthesiologists, infection committee and epidemiologists with an up to date readily available source of information useful for the prevention and control of surgical infections in hospital practice."

The manual achieves its goal with remarkable success, thanks to skillful editing and presentation of the mass of material. Many photographs, diagrams, sample records,