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July 14, 1989

Surgery Study Cards

JAMA. 1989;262(2):292. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430020134048

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Study cards! Who of us has not at one time or other collected them, scribbling our own intimate notes about a journal article or textbook chapter, recording those points that seem most pertinent and revealing to us about the subject? And then the problem of entitling the card to ensure prompt recovery—author and source, to be sure, but subject matter is all important, and categorizing subject matter is often a very personal decision, known only to the keeper of the cards.

The Surgery Study Cards, created by John E. Gatti, MD, attempt to duplicate and expand on our personal collections expressly "for use as a study aid for residents and practicing surgeons who are preparing for their General Surgery 'In Service' and 'Board' exams." And further, "every effort was made to sufficiently cover those areas that repetitively appear on multiple choice exams in General Surgery."

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