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July 18, 1936

Emergency Surgery

JAMA. 1936;107(3):236. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770290064026

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This work has been thoroughly revised and rewritten. The introductory chapters are on intravenous infusion, blood transfusion and anesthesia. Emphasis is placed on the necessity for the surgeon to be trained to meet any emergency. The treatment of general peritonitis is taken up from the point of first determining the cause. Cecostomy has proved of value. Operation for acute perforated appendicitis is not usually attempted after fifty hours except when there is general peritonitis, in children, after a cathartic and when one is in doubt as to the diagnosis. Urgent operations for various conditions in the abdomen, including the viscera and the intestine, are taken up first as to the diagnosis and then as to the proper treatment. The technic of operations for hernia and on the female pelvis are included. A comprehensive survey is given of the genitourinary organs. Emergency conditions are discussed rather briefly as they affect the

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