May 1956

Office Procedures.

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By Paul Williamson, M.D. Price, $12.50. Pp. 412, with illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5; 7 Grape St., Shaftesbury Ave., London, W. C. 2, 1955.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;97(5):655. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250230151025

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The general practitioner is daily confronted by an unpredictable variety of clinical problems demanding prompt disposition. To provide assistance, the author has recorded those office procedures of proved value culled from his experience and that of two colleagues. No attempt is made to provide an encyclopedia of all methods by which a given task may be accomplished. In the fifteen sections, which surprisingly well cover the considerable gamut of general practice, notes, tables, and understandable diagrams are included. The included remarks relevant to the art and philosophy of the practice of medicine will be of limited interest to some readers.

Particular and needed emphasis is placed on the importance of gentle technique in performance of minor surgical procedures, the recognition of which patients require hospitalization and should not be cared for in the office, and the remembrance of the socioeconomic factors of which one should be mindful. Arterial and nerve

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