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August 4, 1894

Text-Book of Abdominal Surgery.

JAMA. 1894;XXIII(5):206-207. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421100034008

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The book before us teaches fairly the existing state of abdominal surgery. It is divided in two sections. Section I comprises eleven chapters and is devoted to the surgery of the abdomen. Section II has five chapters, in which "the Surgery of the Abdomen Peculiar to Women" is discussed. The chapter on "Examination of the Abdomen" is especially valuable and interesting. We notice, however, that no reference to air inflation as a means of aiding auscultation is made. The air bag is so common an adjunct to our armamentaria in America that its omission seems strange. The book bears evidence on every page of the vast experience of the immortal Thomas Keith, under whom the authors practiced for seventeen years. It may, therefore, without much stretch of the imagination, be taken as coming from the master himself. The great candor, the simplicity of its style, and its direct statement are

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