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November 28, 1977

Brief Textbook of Surgery

JAMA. 1977;238(22):2414. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280230078037

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This comprehensive surgical textbook was designed specifically as core material for all undergraduate medical students regardless of their ultimate field of practice. Sixty-five eminently qualified authors contributed the 35 chapters. The basic fields of wound healing, infection, and physiology are covered in the initial chapters, while the subsequent chapters are devoted to the various subspecialties of oncology, cardiovascular and thoractic surgery, abdominal surgery, orthopedic surgery, urology, gynecology, transplantation, pediatric surgery, and neurosurgery.

Since the authors themselves stated that this was not to be an all-encompassing text, the fact that it is not is certainly not a deficiency in this farranging textbook. However, for persons interested in standard surgery, more comprehensive textbooks should be available to provide supplementary information. Most chapters are followed by an ample number of references to assist the student in using additional sources of information.

The overall organization of this textbook is excellent, and it adequately provides