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March 16, 1994

Surgery: Scientific Principles and Practice

JAMA. 1994;271(11):880. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510350092049

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This new surgical textbook, which has over 2000 pages and weighs a hefty 12 lb, is an impressive compendium of information. I would first like to suggest to the publisher that it be divided into two volumes for easier handling.

The subject matter is well presented overall, and the illustrations are well selected and useful. Why, however, the color plates representing soft-tissue lesions are bound into the section on cell structure and function is unfathomable. They would be best placed for reference in the section on skin and soft tissue.

A large portion (500 pages) is devoted to the basic sciences of physiology and cellular biology as they relate to surgery and, in particular, to transplantation procedures. I found this information to be well presented and a valuable asset to the student and to the practicing surgeon to update his or her knowledge of these increasingly important aspects of surgical

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