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May 6, 1933

Office Surgery.

JAMA. 1933;100(18):1457. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740180079039

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Beekman has laid out a difficult task for himself in this little volume. Starting with the premise that "there is no lesser surgery" and "that surgical operations, though minor in character, should be performed in the hospital," he goes on to explain what may be done in the office. Tenorrhaphy and the surgical treatment of Dupuytren's contracture and of ganglion are taken up with the proviso that they should be done in the hospital. Although the book contains a great deal of information, it would have been still more useful if there had been a fuller discussion of finger fractures and the indications for the administration of tetanus antitoxin; moreover, the employment of local anesthesia in carbuncles in diabetic patients is of questionable advisability. However, Dr. Beekman's wide experience and learning make most of the volume valuable and interesting.

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