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January 8, 1982

Operative Surgery and Management

JAMA. 1982;247(2):238-239. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320270062033

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According to the introduction and dust cover, this large (861-page) book is intended to help young surgeon trainees pass their first qualifying examination in the United Kingdom. The 54 chapters cover abdominal, thoracic, and cardiac surgery as well as gynecology, neurosurgery, and transplantation, as they are of interest to general surgeons. The authors are 54 clinical surgeons, most of whom are consultants in practice in the south and southwestern part of England around Bristol. Their sound clinical background imparts the tone of the volume. It is as though most clinicians say to a medical student or very junior houseman (intern), "This, my boy, is what you should know about the case we are operating tomorrow—on which you will be holding retractors." Although the general design of the volume is as an atlas of operative surgery, technique is not explained in the detail often sought by a qualified surgeon. This is