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Hardy's Textbook of Surgery

W. G. Abel, MD
JAMA. 1984;252(1):105-106. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350010065033.
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This attractive surgical text is "dedicated to all students of surgery," which would include medical students, residents, and practicing surgeons. It presents its subject well in 1,338 pages divided into two broad categories, "Basic and Support Considerations" and "Specific Organs and Organ Systems." These are further divided into 48 sections. It is unusually complete, precise, and clinically relevant.

In planning, the book chapter assignments were carefully outlined by the editorial staff to avoid omissions of pertinent material and duplication. This has succeeded admirably. Avoiding extensive discussion of conflicting theories and simply acknowledging the fact where indicated enhances the "book plan" of presenting material as precisely as possible. In keeping with this theme the references are kept to a minimum and limited to ones that are thought to afford access to further information in the referenced field. A pleasant surprise in leafing through the book was in its remarkably up-to-date material


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