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July 1994

The Physiologic Basis of Surgery

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Buffalo, NY

Arch Surg. 1994;129(7):776. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1994.01420310108021

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This book is an amalgamation of a concept of the American Board of Surgery that a basic science test should be a third phase in the certification process and an attempt by the Association of Program Directors in Surgery to create a basic science curriculum that serves the needs of both university and community-based residency training programs. As such, the book is intended to provide a comprehensive basic science review for residents at all levels in a unique way by blending scientific facts with clinical concepts without a great deal of emphasis on clinical details.

The book begins with an excellent review chapter about cell biology that journeys through basic cell structure to all of the current buzzwords: cell signaling, antigen processing, transcription, cytokines, plasmids, restriction enzymes, and others. Although this chapter covers a lot on molecular biology, it is sequenced very nicely and is decipherable without having too many

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