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November 19, 1892

An American Text-book of Surgery for Practitioners and Students.

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By Chas. H. Burnett, M.D., Phineas S. Connor, M.D., Frederick S. Dennis, M.D., William W. Keen, M.D., Charles B. Nancrede, M.D., Roswell Park, M.D., Lewis S. Pitcher, M.D., Nicholas Senn. M.D., Francis J. Shephard, M.D., Lewis A. Stinson, M.D., William A. Thompson, M.D., J. Collins Warren, M.D., and J. Wm. White, M.D. Edited by William W. Keen, M.D. LL.D., and J. William White, M.D., PhD. Cloth, 8vo., p. 1209. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders. 1892.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(21):621-622. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420210027010

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This rather bulky volume has been prepared on a somewhat novel plan. We learn from the preface, that the proofsheets of each article were submitted to all the authors for criticism and revision, and that " while it thus represents in general the views of all the authors each individual author is free from absolute responsibility for any particular statement." The italics are ours, and while the motive may have been laudable, yet we cannot resist expression of regret that each article is unsigned. It may be old fashioned, but we vastly prefer a signed article to an anonymous one however excellent. The great authority of the well known surgeons whose names appear on the title page would surely not be lessened if it were known, that Prof. Burnett wrote the chapter on diseases of the ear and Prof. Thomson that on diseases of the eye, or that any other of

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