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July 9, 1955

Abdominal Operations

JAMA. 1955;158(10):891. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960100089024

The current edition of this book is again an excellent reference book and brings the subject matter up to date. There are 11 new chapters and 24 contributors. The book covers in detail most of the abdominal operations in common use. It is not intended, as was the first or second edition, to be a general text-book of surgery of the abdomen; rather is it a detailed consideration of the technique of modern abdominal operations. The sections on the stomach, duodenum, gallbladder, and bile ducts are excellent. More space is given in this edition to the Billroth 1 operation, its technique and indications. The section on acute intestinal obstruction should be helpful to the surgeon doing emergency surgery. The section on megacolon written by Denis Browne is filled with practical details about the operation for that condition. The book is clearly written and the illustrations and drawings are more numerous

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