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October 29, 1938

A Synopsis of the Diagnosis of the Acute Surgical Diseases of the Abdomen

JAMA. 1938;111(18):1690. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790440084043

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This is a small pocket sized textbook which deals empirically only with the diagnosis of the acute surgical conditions of the abdomen. It is written in clear, simple, concise style with the purpose of providing "quick, accurate, and complete means for the study of these urgent diseases." Beginning with chapters on surface localization of the abdominal organs, technic and importance of physical examination and hints for obtaining a detailed history, the ensuing thirty-eight chapters discuss the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of all possible abdominal emergencies briefly but completely. In addition, a few conditions the symptoms of which may cause diagnostic confusion, such as chronic cholecystitis, duodenal ileus, hemolytic jaundice and ureteral stricture, are included. Although all possible laboratory aids to diagnosis are discussed, special emphasis is placed on the importance of the history and physical observations in establishing the diagnosis. This book, written chiefly for the general practitioner who comes

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