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June 6, 1977

Wound Repair

Author Affiliations

University of Cincinnati Medical Center Cincinnati

JAMA. 1977;237(23):2542-2543. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270500094045

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In the second edition of this scholarly work, the title has been shortened by omitting the words "biology and surgery" because, as the authors claim in their preface, "the use of such words seems to stake out claims and define territorial rights rather than meld interest and information." The new volume includes 65 more pages, but the print is somewhat larger. Aside from the addition of occasional paragraphs here and there, such as those dealing with the pharmacology of fibrosis, and aside from a few new references at the end of each chapter, the text, the chapters, and the illustrations are basically unchanged from the first edition. Thus, readers who own and enjoy a first edition need not rush to acquire the second, for their old friend is hardly outdated in style, appearance, manner, or content. Despite the progress in biochemical study of wound healing during the past five years,