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In the preface of this novel surgical work the editors state their conviction that the education of a surgeon must depend on an active file of significant articles published in reputable surgical journals. For medical students the editors had prepared a reading list derived from their own personal files, and then, facing the inevitable shortage of source material in library journals, they resolved to close the gap by collecting some of the most memorable original articles in one volume.
A meaningful reprint file reflects two essentials, first, the personal taste of the filer (otherwise it becomes merely another index); and second, a constant and courageous weeding (otherwise it turns into a respository of memorabilia and bric-a-brac like the storage closet of most households). On both counts the editors' files rank high, as judged by the selections for this volume, which is really an anthology of surgical articles, picked for their
Wulsin JH. Modern Surgery. JAMA. 1970;214(2):377. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180020095033
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