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The question is often asked, "Why a textbook of surgical physiology as distinct from clinical physiology?" I believe this volume answers that question quite adequately. At the beginning of most chapters the authors have devoted a paragraph to explain what the interest of the surgeon should be in this subject, why this is so, and what will be included. Obviously, considerable thought has been devoted to content specifically for the surgeon. An example is the following, from the chapter on bone:
"Bone is of chief importance to the surgeon as a supporting tissue, and it is solely with this function that the present chapter is concerned.
"The structure of bone, and the mechanism of bone growth, are of theoretical interest, discussed briefly. The healing of fractures and the behavior of bone grafts are of practical importance. A discussion of the strength of bone as a material, and of the metabolism
Harbison SP. A Textbook of Surgical Physiology. JAMA. 1965;194(3):314. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090160092045
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