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December 6, 1890

Railway Surgery. For Railway Surgeons, etc.

JAMA. 1890;XV(23):842. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410490034016

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This book sets forth substantially the large practical experience of the author in this particular surgical field, and a résumé of numerous papers submitted in medical societies by surgeons on topics germane to the title and the text. Interesting and instructive suggestions and directions for the management of railway emergency situations and the transportation of the injured make up several chapters, but it cannot be said that any part of the work is novel, and much of it is not abreast of recent surgical methods and surgical literature, In many places evidence of hasty preparation is apparent. The style is often vague, the construction grammatically faulty and the proof reading defective. Reported cases are so lacking in detail that their value is frequently lost, and directions for operative procedure lack essential clearness. Injuries of the brain and spinal cord are superficially treated, and the matter of spinal concussion is left

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