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Few books on surgery devote much space to the duties of the surgical assistant; Brickner's work therefore fills a want. The first chapter deals with the conduct of the assistant and his relations with the surgeon and the patient, and lays emphasis on the fact that the assistant must display considerable tact, especially in answering the patient's questions and in calling the surgeon's attention to details which he may have overlooked. Chapter 2 deals with the duties of hospital internes. Subsequent chapters give in detail the duties of an assistant in the various operations, whether in hospitals or in private houses, and directions are also given for preparing an operating room. Although this latter duty is usually relegated to a nurse and seldom has to be attended to by the assistant; he often must supervise it and see that it is properly done. Twenty-one pages are devoted to the duties
The Surgical Assistant. A Manual for Students, Practitioners, Hospital Internes and Nurses. JAMA. 1905;XLV(14):1017. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510140065017
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