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October 27, 1928

Nachbehandlung nach chirurgischen Eingriffen.

JAMA. 1928;91(17):1311-1312. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700170075045

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One of the defects in our surgical teaching is that proportionately far too little time is devoted to the subject of postoperative treatment. Postoperative complications frequently require more knowledge, technical skill and resourcefulness than the primary operation. It would be difficult to find a postoperative complication or procedure not discussed or at least not mentioned in this book, which is obviously the product of an extensive clinical experience. Shock, respiratory complications, embolism, wound infection, parotitis, intestinal paresis, psychoses, and others too numerous to mention are discussed. The chief criticism of the work is that there is too little detail concerning the abdomen after operation, including such subjects as vomiting and distention, maintenance of water balance, indications for reopening the abdomen, and the use and abuses of morphine. Nothing is mentioned of laboratory studies, such as blood sugar, and nitrogen determinations.

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