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December 1928


Am J Dis Child. 1928;36(6):1315. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1928.01920300224021

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In this, his third edition of Operative Surgery, Dr. Horsley treats in a masterly, comprehensive and concise manner in one volume, the whole scope of general operative surgery. The subject matter is based on material drawn from his own experience fused with the experiences of most of the leaders in modern surgery. He has omitted much of the early history and evolution of various surgical methods as well as many of the lesser important modifications of many of the standard and recognized operative procedures, and instead emphasizes certain fundamental principles such as biologic, physiologic and pathologic, and with especial reference to their relationship to surgical lesions, a relationship hitherto treated only scantily in textbooks on modern surgery.

It is on the basis of this recognized relationship that his operative methods are selected, and they are therefore designed so that the mechanical aspect of any surgical procedure disturbs to a minimum

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