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May 13, 1911

An Introduction to Surgery.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(19):1417. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560190045029

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As its title indicates, this work is intended as a preliminary course for students in the study of general surgery. The author states in the preface that it is his aim to direct the student toward the main principles of diagnosis and treatment, thereby simplifying and making rational the treatment of the various surgical affections. In some particulars this object has been admirably realized. The chapters dealing with inflammation and sepsis are good, treating the subject in a practical and lucid manner. The same may be said of the treatment of the surgical diseases of the hollow viscera, the diagnosis of syphilis, tuberculosis and malignant disease, and also of the chapter on ulcers and gangrene.

On the other hand, it appears that comparatively too much space, which might better have been given to some subjects treated briefly, has been allotted to others of minor importance. Also, some subjects have been

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