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July 29, 1950

I tumori addominali: Criteri per la diagnosi clinica

JAMA. 1950;143(13):1218. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910480090037

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This book begins with a brief review of the clinical anatomy of the abdomen. For practical purposes the abdomen is divided into several regions, and the description of the tumors in the following chapters is based on topographic relations.

It is refreshing that, whereas in the modern era frequently too much stress is laid on laboratory data, the author describes in great detail the vanishing art of skilful palpation. Other diagnostic methods, such as auscultation, liver biopsy, pneumoperitoneum and peritoneoscopy, are given due credit. The general symptomatology of abdominal tumors receives detailed consideration, and characteristic features of various types of neoplasms are dealt with extensively.

The differential diagnosis considers a number of conditions which may simulate a tumor, e. g., inflammatory lesions, foreign bodies, transient or permanent spastic contractures of hollow viscera, ectopic spleen, liver or kidney. The author did not overlook such conditions as phantom pregnancy and so-called spurious

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