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January 15, 1982

Clinical Science for Surgeons

JAMA. 1982;247(3):358. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320280068038

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This attractive and substantial volume was assembled and edited by William Burnett, the Wayne Professor of Surgery at the University of Queensland and also chairman of the editorial committee, Board of Examiners of the Royal Australasian College of Surgery (RACS). It is the result of many years of refinement of a manual produced to help candidates for part 1 of the RACS examinations given after three years of "core" surgical training. It therefore contains the essential information required by RACS to be mastered by all junior surgical residents (or registrars). Most of the contributors are senior clinicians and lecturers from Australia and New Zealand.

More than half the book is devoted to the broad principles of surgical pathophysiology, often painted in broad strokes that stress fundamentals rather than details. The section on the respiratory system, for instance, contains only 22 pages and deals with all the principles of normal respiration