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February 1973

Applied Surgical Anatomy.

Arch Surg. 1973;106(2):248. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350140104042

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In his preface Dr. Marks says he hopes this book will be of use as a succinct reference to the medical student in his first year, through his specialty training, and at all times; Dr. Holden in a foreword says it should be of great assistance to surgeons. It is true that it is a succinct volume, covering the entire body in 598 pages. Much of the material is a compendium of gross anatomy, with some correlation with embryology, to which has been added a smattering of pathology and a statement of some operations performed.

But surgical subjects do not get the treatment they deserve. For example, the description of tracheostomy carries no mention of danger to blood vessels; while facture displacement is described, there is no statement or illustration of the role of individual muscles; the descent of the testis is diagramed, but there is no illustration of any

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