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Surgeons who studied the first two editions of Surgery while medical students or residents, or while preparing for surgery board examinations, will continue to find valuable information in the new edition. The authors have persisted in their objective to produce a basic but practical text for all students of surgery. The historical references sprinkled throughout emphasize the art of our profession as well as the science. The most appealing feature is the nicely balanced integration of physiology, biochemistry, and anatomy with clinical topics. The chapters on surgical philosophy, wound healing, and nonoperative surgical care deserve to be read by all physicians.
Of three new chapters, two on tumors of the head and neck and on operative surgical care are elementary and will interest chiefly medical students. "Mathematical Analysis of Surgical Data" clarifies obtruse statistical concepts and will help us understand data-collecting methods in research.
Any criticism of Surgery is akin
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