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July 19, 1952

The Thoracic Surgical Patient—Preoperative, Anesthetic and Postoperative Care

JAMA. 1952;149(12):1170. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930290092035

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This book has been written in the main by Hochberg; however, six other specialists have collaborated in writing specific sections of the book. Some of the chapters are repetitive; however, this is no drawback and in some instances accentuates some necessary points and procedures. Some might disagree with certain statements made, but the basic teachings and precepts are well presented and should go far to produce good results. The emphasis upon such ofttimes neglected subjects as anesthesia, nutrition, fluid balance, blood replacement, resuscitation, and rehabilitation makes this work worthwhile. The section dealing with physiology and pathological physiology is particularly well done.

It is regrettable that illustrations are lacking since there are numerous opportunities in this book to have used simple line drawings; these might have emphasized numerous points.

The quality of the paper could have been improved on. The book can be recommended for both undergraduates and post-graduates interested in

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