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Illustrations of Surgical Treatment, Instruments and Appliances

JAMA. 1940;115(6):483-484. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810320063038.
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The author is generally correct in his assumption that too many textbooks of surgery and orthopedics subordinate illustrations of treatment to those of clinical conditions and pathologic specimens. His book fills this need admirably as far as the treatment of fractures and certain of the commoner orthopedic conditions is concerned. The student and intern who have read this book will have a much better understanding of the use of splints and other mechanical devices in the treatment of these conditions, and there are many practical devices and methods that should prove valuable to the practicing surgeon. For purposes of review the book may be divided into three parts. The sections on intravenous infusion and blood transfusion are very brief. Much of the blood transfusion apparatus illustrated is being rapidly replaced by sealed containers and vacuum bottles in this country. No mention is made of the various types of direct blood transfusion apparatus. The largest portion of the book is devoted to the treatment of injuries, fractures, dislocations and such orthopedic


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