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October 1970

Pye's Surgical Handicrafts, ed 19.

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USA Washington, DC

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(4):709-710. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310100155041

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In 1884, Walter Pye published the first edition of this famous surgical textbook, and it has been well received in Britain through the past 18 editions. There is no reason to doubt that it will be as fully accepted in this its 19th edition.

Some perspective can be gained about its rightful place if I tell you it reminds me of the Merck Manual. In other words, it contains about 800 pages of information vitally needed by nurses, medical students, or interns, which is precisely the group for whom it was written.

It is always interesting to read a British textbook, but I can't always be sure if their style and choice of words fascinates me more than the content. In this particular case I believe style wins over content. As for the illustrations, they are somewhat antique and definitely redundant, for example, a photograph of a urinal! The most

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