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To the Editor:—
Few surgeons appreciate how important it is that a complete record be made of various operative procedures. It is not sufficient to say that cholecystectomy or hysterectomy or appendectomy or what not "was carried out in the usual manner." Such short cuts are definitely out of order if the patient and the physician next seeing the patient are to be given consideration. It is important to know how much of the cystic duct was left intact and whether the remnant of the cystic duct was examined for the presence of calculi. It is important to know at what level supravaginal hysterectomy was done. It is important to know in what manner amputation of the appendix was carried out, how much of the stump remained and whether or not the stump was buried. On the surface, such matters seem trifling, but several cases of gangrenous appendicitis with perforation
Owen JK. SURGICAL RECORDS. JAMA. 1941;117(16):1377. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820420069029