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October 1973

Hamilton Bailey's Emergency Surgery.

Arch Surg. 1973;107(4):627. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350220103028

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The stated purpose of this most recent edition of Hamilton Bailey's classic text is "to help the less experienced surgeon working... under conditions that may be far from ideal, who is expected to possess a far wider knowledge of medicine than is the modern specialist." It is dedicated to "surgeons, mostly (but not exclusively) young, who get up at night when confidence may be at low ebb in order to care for the sick and the hurt." Every cubic inch of the human body is dealt with, and with such abundant illustration (much of it multicolored) and crisp, lucid prose that it should be the envy of all who aspire to write textbooks. Although some will be critical of the omission of references, the authors say that most doctors using the book will not have the time to consult them anyway.

The prose, instructive in the smallest detail, is a

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