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February 6, 1954

Emergency Surgery

JAMA. 1954;154(6):542. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940400080037

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This monograph covers emergency surgery in a complete manner and is profusely illustrated. A number of the subjects discussed, however, do not appear to come within the province of emergency surgery. For instance, the management of acute low back pain is discussed in detail, even to the surgical treatment of a ruptured intervertebral disc. Persistent hiccough, although disturbing, could hardly be considered an emergency. These are minor defects; on the whole, the authors have prepared an excellent and very complete monograph, which should be in the library of everyone who treats emergencies and should be of value to all general practitioners. As an illustration of the completeness and progressive character of the monograph, excellent chapters on the management of the injured following atomic disaster and on emergency surgery of air casualties are included.

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