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March 7, 1925

Pour diminuer le risque opératoire.

JAMA. 1925;84(10):774. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660360056038

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The author has divided this study into preoperative observation, preparation and tests of function, choice of the various anesthetics, avoidance of infection, and treatment of operative shock. During observation, he advises various tests on the blood, kidneys, liver and other organs. Various forms of inhalation, and rectal, spinal and local anesthesia are considered in detail, including many mixtures not in general use in this country. The emphasis placed by the author on the anesthetic is shown by the fact that this discussion takes up half the contents. The prevention and treatment of infection by vaccines and chemical therapy are considered, and the correct technic for transfusion of blood and its substitutes is described, with the purpose of avoiding complications. The volume is practical, and offers many helpful suggestions.

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