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August 6, 1982

Scientific Foundations of Surgery

JAMA. 1982;248(5):596-597. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330050078047

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Since the publication of the first edition of Scientific Foundations of Surgery in 1967, the initial work succeeded so well that a series of 15 Scientific Foundations volumes has appeared covering various specialties, such as neurology, anesthesia, and dentistry. While the original intent of the editors centered on having clinical authors discuss the basic research and pathophysiological principles underlying clinical problems ("a book by surgeons for surgeons"), subsequent editions have relied more on acknowledged investigators in pertinent fields of medical science. Although the first editors and most of the contributors hold positions in universities and hospitals throughout the British Commonwealth, the coeditor of the current edition, Dr James Hardy of the University of Mississippi, has selected an eminent group of American surgeons as contributors, most notably to the sections dealing with "Immunology and Transplantation" and with the "Liver, Gallbladder and Ducts."

Compared with the second edition, this work has been