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December 18, 1909

A Text-Book of Surgery.

JAMA. 1909;LIII(25):2127-2128. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550250081028

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Judging from the increased size of this book over the previous one, the author agreed with his critics that for a practical working text-book in surgery the brevity of the former edition was not commendable. In it the effort to condense was carried too far. Many important subjects were treated too briefly, and others were omitted. This fault has been remedied in the present edition. For instance, whereas only twenty lines were given to the subject of gangrene in the first edition, four pages are now devoted to it. Seven pages have been added to the chapter on tumors. The treatment of empyema is discussed far more fully than before. The same is true of many other subjects, so that the work can now be recommended as a really excellent text-book in surgery, standing midway between the brief manuals and the more voluminous treatises. No attempt is made to discuss

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