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September 9, 1983

Smith's Reference and Illustrated Guide to Surgical Instruments

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USAF Hill AFB, Utah

JAMA. 1983;250(10):1338. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340100066040

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Smiths' Reference and Illustrated Guide to Surgical Instruments is a condensed compilation of those surgical instruments listed in 26 manufacturers' catalogues. This handy, hardcover 1,000-page volume is a must for every operating room supervisor, who will now be able to identify and discuss operating room instruments without having to contend with a mountain of catalogues and brochures. The instruments are in alphabetical order, beautifully illustrated, and meticulously classified by category, company of manufacture, complete description, and stock number.

Although this is not a book for his personal library, the surgeon may now approach the subject of instrument selection and preference by consulting a single practical and understandable volume. A comprehensive index further simplifies use of this quite ambitious and effective publication.