January 30, 1915

Operative Surgery. The Head and Neck, the Thorax and the Abdomen.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(5):461. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570310081039

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The author does not attempt to cover fully the operative surgery of the head, neck, thorax and abdomen, but deals only with the commoner and more important operations. There is a brief and elementary introductory chapter on the nature of infection and general surgical technic which more properly belongs in a book on principles of surgery. Ether is recommended as the general anesthetic of choice, and the statement that if chloroform were abolished, the advance of surgery would be hastened rather than retarded, shows that the British are gradually approaching the point of view so long held in this country. Hedonal as an intravenous anesthetic is recommended when patients are in a critical condition resulting from cachexia, hemorrhage, nephritis, etc. Local anesthesia receives far too scanty consideration. It is scarcely mentioned in such operations as hemorrhoidectomy, thyroidectomy, herniotomy and tracheotomy. Most of the important operations are exceedingly well illustrated. Cushing's

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