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July 26, 1930

The After-Treatment of Operations: A Manual for Practitioners and House Surgeons.

JAMA. 1930;95(4):292. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720040050039

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This little volume covers a host of subjects concerning which far too little is being written. Chapters include wound treatment, postoperative hemorrhage and blood transfusion, shock, postoperative infections of the urinary tract, postanesthetic complications, thrombosis and embolism, and postoperative complications peculiar to operations on the head, neck, thorax, abdomen, genito-urinary tract and rectum. The scope of the work is too extensive for the small manual intended by the author. This is most obvious in the inadequate way in which such postoperative abdominal complications as vomiting and distention are handled. The text in general serves to acquaint the student with the possibilities of postoperative complications but is of little value so far as a comprehensive scheme of treatment is concerned.

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