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The monumental task of preparing a comprehensive textbook of surgery in a single volume is successfully accomplished by the well-known Professor Selwyn Taylor and his distinguished associate editors. These British surgeons present a literary format that never neglects the basic and historical while including the most modern concepts of surgical diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.
The book is divided into seven primary sections: (1) alimentary tract, (2) urogenital tract and transplantation, (3) heart, lungs, and blood vessels, (4) endocrine system, (5) tumors of the breast, head, and neck, (6) trauma and technique, and (7) patient care. These titles are misleading, since each section contains chapters on many subjects not suggested by section heading. The "Trauma and Technique" section, for example, includes comprehensive individual chapters on hand surgery, microsurgery, and inguinal hernia repair. Each of the 54 chapters is well organized and has a current bibliography. The book is lavishly illustrated with
Cotlar AM. Surgical Management. JAMA. 1985;253(6):858. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350300162037
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