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May 16, 1931

Surgical Emergencies in Practice.

JAMA. 1931;96(20):1724. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720460070035

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This aims to present the salient points in surgical emergencies. The clinical signs, differential diagnosis and preferred method of treatment are included. The main features in the operative treatment that may be of value to the general practitioner are mentioned. The treatment of the patient in shock and collapse is emphasized. Emergency care of various minor injuries is described in some detail. The injuries of the various nerves, muscles and tendons are taken up systematically. Particular attention is given to fractures and dislocations. Various types of acute and chronic infections covering most regions of the body are included. A consideration of surgical emergencies is given to the various regions of the head, neck, thorax, abdomen, genito-urinary system and the extremities. The brief and clear description of the clinical symptoms, together with the differential diagnosis, should help one to recognize operative indications. The surgical treatment suggested here is practical and is

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