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The first edition of this number of Saunders' Question-Compends appeared in 1888, and has now reached a fourth edition. Whatever view may be held as to the value of such aids to students it is evident that there is a demand for them, and this is no doubt increased by physicians who find such compends a convenient mode of reviewing the subject of which each treats, and which is supposed to be brought abreast of the times on that particular subject, so that he may get in a convenient way and in a concise form some of the most recent ideas on the subject, without sifting from the general literature of the subject.
The present number is one of the best of the series. The author may be said to have accomplished his avowed purpose of having furnished the "essential points as a framework upon which more detailed knowledge may
Essentials of Surgery. JAMA. 1891;XVII(11):414. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410890032003
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