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April 17, 1954

Diagnosis of Acute Abdominal Pain

JAMA. 1954;154(16):1397. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940500077042

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Abstract

In selecting a title, the author seems to have done his book less than justice. The work is in fact a concise monograph on the diagnostic management of the abdominal emergency. As such, it includes a good deal of basic pathology and even of principles of treatment and contains a chapter so far removed from its ostensible subject matter as the differential diagnosis of acute gastroesophageal hemorrhage. Since this small volume is an essay rather than a reference work, it should be read through as an essay, from the opening sentence ("The contour of the normal abdomen is scaphoid after double the thickness of the subcutaneous fat pad has been subtracted") to the last ("Hemorrhage may occur at any time during jaundice when there is an associated prothrombin deficiency"). These two quotations are typical of the whole work, which is authoritative with the stamp of personal experience, admirably lucid, and

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