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September 24, 1938

Emergency Surgery

JAMA. 1938;111(13):1239. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790390095044

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This is an extremely workmanlike and practical treatise on emergency surgery. It reflects vividly the large experience and the thoughtfulness of its author. In its fifty-three chapters the entire field of surgical conditions requiring immediate treatment is carefully discussed. Every surgeon will find it enjoyable and profitable reading. The chapters dealing with acute appendicitis and intestinal obstruction are particularly praiseworthy. The illustrations, many of which are in color, are numerous and informative. The frequent use of well chosen illustrative cases vivifies and accentuates the subject matter. Greatly to be commended are the valuable references at the end of each section. It is difficult to find fault with this splendid book, but the reviewer is disturbed by the recommendation of intravenous mercurochrome and the unfortunate omission of the continuous indwelling suction apparatus of Wangensteen. Moreover, he deprecates the transperitoneal drainage of appendical abscess in one stage. It would seem preferable to

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