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This "little" textbook of surgery has enjoyed exceptional popularity among medical students for more than a decade, and if there has ever been justification for a concise guide to clinical practice, then this third edition nicely fills that slot. The complexities of surgical practice and the increased obligations of the practitioner to incorporate surgical judgment in the fund of knowledge upon which he draws for the proper management of patients has clearly become overwhelming to the neophyte student. There is a natural tendency among members of this group to emphasize in their undergraduate medical training those areas which they think will be most helpful to them in future practice. It must be kept in mind that most medical students do not choose surgery as a lifetime career. It is my view, then, as a teacher of surgery, that the surgical education presented to medical students—and especially those who are
EISENBERG MM. Surgery: A Concise Guide to Clinical Practice. Arch Surg. 1973;107(3):494–495. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350210118040
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