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February 1, 1980

Jamieson & Kay's Textbook of Surgical Physiology

Author Affiliations

Denver Childrens Hospital

JAMA. 1980;243(5):470. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300310058030

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This third edition of A Standard Textbook of Surgical Physiology is by and large disappointing. Despite the authors' attempts to "meet the needs of the modern surgeons in training," the book is spotty and often deficient in areas of modern controversy. The book suffers somewhat in being out of date virtually at the time of distribution. The preface is dated 1977, the copyright year is 1978, and the reviewer's copy arrived late in 1979. Manuscripts apparently were completed well before 1977, since most references are prior to 1975. Bibliographies are variable, with some being extremely complete and others totally absent. The index is also deficient and is not appropriate for quick reference to any section of the book.

While some of the chapters are readable and well put together, the majority are a series of physiological facts without any attempt to put them together into a concise outline of organ