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May 1947

Pneumoperitoneum Treatment.

Am J Dis Child. 1947;73(5):639-640. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1947.02020400110014

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This volume thoroughly discusses a form of therapy which is not often used by the practicing clinician. The book opens with excellent chapters on the history and technic of pneumoperitoneum. Special chapters are alloted to the complications of this procedure before the clinical applications are presented. The major portion of the text deals with tuberculosis of the peritoneum, the digestive tube and the lungs. The chapter on tuberculous enterocolitis devotes a number of pages to clinical symptoms and laboratory and roentgenologic diagnosis, which the reviewer feels is unnecessary in a volume primarily dedicated to a therapeutic procedure. The inclusion of 44 reports of cases in this chapter does not add to the value of the text. One hundred and twenty-nine pages are devoted to the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. The physiologic aspects of pneumoperitoneum on the apicobasal diameter, the volume and the surface of the lung are discussed. The author

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