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October 1957

Physiologic Principles of Surgery.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(4):684. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260100168022

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This volume represents a serious effort to assemble the physiologic problems associated with surgical diseases, including the changes accompanying their operative approach. It covers a wide range, including the changes resulting from various injuries; infections and antibiotics; nutrition; blood; electrolytes; tissue transplantation; anesthesia; gastrointestinal, respiratory, and genitourinary tracts; endocrine glands, and the cardiovascular, reproductive, central nervous, and locomotor systems.

In this, as in other books of the multiple-author type, a minor defect is occasional repetition in different chapters. This is unavoidable, as the authors cover each subject heading thoroughly. Some chapters are well written and very readable; others are cumbersome.

In certain small areas I might disagree with statements made, but on the whole the authors have done a remarkable job of presenting a wealth of information, often of difficult and conflicting material. The volume should prove of great value to the resident in surgery, to the practicing surgeon, and

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