October 1971

Diagnosis and Treatment of Abdominal Abscesses.

Author Affiliations

Brookline, Mass


Edited by Irving M Ariel, MD, and Kirk K Kazarian, MD. Price, $17.50. Pp 322. Williams & Wilkins Co, Baltimore 21202, 1971.

Arch Surg. 1971;103(4):519-520. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350100117026

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This is an interesting and unique book devoted to abdominal abscesses, and it succeeds in being an authoritative and comprehensive work on the subject. There are 25 contributing authors and the chapters are studded with references. For example, the excellent chapter on "Microbiology and Principles of Antimicrobial Therapy" sports 126. The numerous illustrations are lucid.

Starting with a historical review of the treatment of intra-abdominal abscesses, the entire subject from the anatomy of the peritoneal cavity thru "Miscellaneous and Multiple Abscesses" is covered. Perhaps, as it should be, the main thrust of the book is toward the diagnosis and treatment of subphrenic abscesses. The chapters on radiologic diagnosis, radioisotope scanning, and antimicrobial therapy are outstanding. Incidentally, "radioisotope" is misspelled in the table of contents in the reviewer's copy; a minor error. The chapter on "Intestinal Anastomoses in the Presence of Peritoneal Infections" makes a strong case for primary resection and

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