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February 6, 1915

Abdominal Surgery. Clinical Lectures for Students and Physicians.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(6):534. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570320058033

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The title of this work is broader than the subject matter. Of the twenty-five chapters, five are on general subjects, such as the history of antiseptics and on the use of anesthetics, general and local, etc., seventeen are on surgery of the stomach, and the remaining three on echinococcus and abscess of the liver, and chronic jaundice. Each chapter is a clinical lecture, and the author says, "The clinical lecture unquestionably offers certain advantages and affords a point of view which cannot be found in the systematic compact text-book." It is true that the clinical lecture and demonstration offer great advantages, but these advantages rest largely in the demonstration, that is, in what one sees done, and the manner of doing it. All this is lost when the clinical lecture is put into print. In the clinic, what is said is exemplified by what is done; but when the clinical

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