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February 8, 1941

Principles of Surgical Care, Shock and Other Problems

JAMA. 1941;116(6):548. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820060096042

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The problem of making the patient safe for the operation, as Moynihan expressed it, has been yielding slowly to the unremitting assault of many scientists. The ability to evaluate the condition of the patient in laboratory as well as clinical terms has been of great service in reducing surgical morbidity and fatality. This monograph is an extension and amplification of the Beaumont Lectures for 1940. It emphasizes that operation is only part of the treatment of surgical patients. The author has presented well correlated and well digested material. The subjects include the importance of anesthesia and careful surgical technic as well as longer discussions on the circulatory and metabolic systems. The theories of shock and the various associated deficiencies of the circulatory constituents and contents receive ample consideration. Plenty of bibliographic references are included. The book is an enlightening report of the care which a modern surgeon can offer along

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