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Book Review
September 1998

Modern Surgical Care: Physiologic Foundations & Clinical Applications

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edited by Thomas A. Miller, MD, 1454 pp, with 785 illus, ISBN 1-57626-060-7, $145, St Louis, Mo, Quality Medical Publishing Inc, 1998.

Arch Surg. 1998;133(9):1020. doi:

Reading the surgical literature can at times be demoralizing, as even our most respected publications and periodicals seem increasingly consumed with the latest renditions of HMO- or government-initiated algorithms of cost-effective patient care, or with strategies to maximize the practice expense component of the resource-based relative value scale for individual CPT codes of the HCFA regulations. Such sessions seem to elevate to prescience the century-old prophecies of Karl Marx regarding the impending trivialization of our profession.