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The author states that this handbook was written to help determine which patients should undergo immediate surgery and which patients do not need immediate surgery. His opinion is based on 15 years of experience in a noninstitutional atmosphere. This handbook is best directed towards students and physicians who may rotate or work primarily in the emergency room area. It may be used as a reference guide in the emergency room or read in preparation for beginning this tyjie of clinical experience, whether it be the student, resident, or full-time physician.
The book has three general sections. The first points out the pertinent aspects of a clinical history and physical examination that could direct one toward various surgical conditions. The second part of the handbook picks some of the more common surgical problems and, in somewhat greater depth, follows through with the appropriate tests to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment is touched
KERSTEIN MD. Handbook of General Surgical Emergencies. Arch Surg. 1977;112(7):904. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370070118019