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November 9, 1901

Surgical Technic. A Text-Book on Operative Surgery.

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By Fr. von Esmarch, M.D., Professor of Surgery at the University of Kiel, and E. Kowalzig, M.D., Late First Assistant at the Surgical Clinic of the University of Kiel. Translated by Professor Ludwig H. Grau, Ph.D., Formerly of Leland Stanford University, and William N. Sullivan, M.D., Formerly Surgeon of U. S. S. Corwin. Edited by Nicholas Senn, M.D., Professor of Surgery at Rush Medical College. With 1497 Illustrations and 15 Colored Plates. Cloth. Pp. 866. Price, $7.00. New York: The Macmillan Co. 1901.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(19):1264. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470450044023

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As its title indicates, this book is on technic only. As such, it has become recognized as the best in any language, and to the publishers, translators and editor, American and English surgeons owe a debt of gratitude. The translators have done their work well. Occasionally the peculiarity of the German idiom shows itself, but not often enough to mar the English, even for the most fastidious. No better man could have been selected to edit the work than Dr. Senn, and his additions in brackets add to its value. If we were asked in what this surpassed other works on surgical technic, we should reply: in recognizing the value of the smallest detail, in its wealth of practical illustrations, and in the conciseness and precision of its language. Kurtz und buendig was the motto adopted by the author in writing the original work in the first instance, which, by

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