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April 1973

Textbook of Surgery

Arch Surg. 1973;106(4):612. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350160224044

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This recently revised textbook of surgery represents a major step forward in the continuing improvement of surgical reference books. It is well organized and beautifully executed. Emphasis has been placed on physiology and basic principles of surgery without loss of detail on specific therapy. The selection of authors has been outstanding; each is a recognized contributor and an authority in his field. Subjects are covered in depth with surprisingly up-to-date information.

The initial 21 chapters are devoted to basic physiology and pathophysiology common to all surgery and surgical patients. There are excellent chapters on shock, fluid and electrolyte problems, metabolism in surgical patients, sepsis, and surgical complications. The chapter on transplantation is a complete summary of the current state of knowledge in this rapidly developing field and is outstanding.

The remainder of the book is devoted to chapters on the diseases of specific organs and organ systems. Of note here

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