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New members of the surgical service in Peter Bent Brigham Hospital receive a little book called "Precedent Book," which includes an introduction by the surgeon in chief, Dr. Elliott Cutler. An outline of this type is an invaluable guide to the young man as to what he may or may not do under various circumstances. Following a general statement of the organization of the service comes a section on administrative regulations and special services with detailed notes as to technics and conditions governing the use of such procedures as drugs, enemas, use of the roentgen ray and similar subjects. Especially valuable is the section on records and histories, which indicates the details involved in careful surgical examination. Next is a report on the laboratories, indicating which of these procedures are to be employed, then instructions regarding the operating room and parenteral fluid therapy, and there is a list of suggestions
Precedent Book, Surgical Service Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. JAMA. 1941;117(11):973. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820370069034
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