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March 1989

Essentials of Surgery

Arch Surg. 1989;124(3):390. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1989.01410030140027

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Any attempt by experienced surgeons to improve methods of teaching medical students deserves serious examination. This book, edited by surgeons from the University of Utah and a radiologist from the University of South Carolina, so qualifies. The softcover book is the core of a multimedia effort by members of the Association of Surgical Education to combine modern teaching techniques with new technology for better medical education. The 88 authors of this book are primarily young academic surgeons who are concerned about this frequently neglected responsibility of academic surgery. The book brings back memories of three decades ago when some of us introduced educational subjects for the first time into the program of the Society of University Surgeons and created a Committee on Surgical Education.

The authors are, for a change, not the old guard whose names are usually associated with textbook chapters. In their place is the younger generation of

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