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The author intends his book to furnish a source."from which the practitioner can draw information with regard to the handling of a patient to be operated on from the time the decision to operate is reached up to the making of the incision," taking up the case again from the time the operative technic is ended until recovery is complete.
The unjust relations which often obtain between the surgeon and the man who sends him the case are deplored, conditions which have resulted in loss of the family to the practitioner, or to a division of fees. To the end that these conditions may be improved, the author very commendably would educate the general practitioner in surgical technic, make him a closer ally of the surgeon and keep him in closer touch with his patient. There will, however, be some hesitancy on the part of surgeons to assume the responsibility for
Preparatory and After Treatment in Operative Cases.. JAMA. 1910;55(1):52. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330010054030
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