April 1968

The Acute Abdomen and Emergent Lesions of the Gastrointestinal Tract.

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn


Edited by Herbert R. Hawthorne, MD; Alfred S. Frobese, MD; and Julian A. Sterling, MD. Price, $29.50. Pp 500, with 322 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill, 1967.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(4):381. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640040075029

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In chapter 1 of this book, Dr I. S. Ravdin states, "There is no substitute for experience in the diagnosis of acute abdominal disease," and for the most part it is the varied experiences of more than 70 contributors, chiefly surgeons, which comprise this volume. The acute abdomen is no area for the armchair theorist, and this is not a theoretical book.

The initial chapters deal in a fundamental but practical way with the general problem of the acute abdomen, mechanisms of abdominal pain, the radiologic aspects of acute abdominal conditions, medical conditions simulating the acute abdomen, the mistaken diagnosis, contraindications to emergency surgery and their correction, preoperative and postoperative shock, as well as anesthesia and ventilatory problems. The bulk of the remainder of the book is given to the more specific clinical problems of massive hemorrhage of upper and lower gastrointestinal origin, perforated peptic ulcer, biliary tract problems requiring

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