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September 13, 1941

Foreign Bodies Left in the Abdomen: The Surgical Problems, Cases, Treatment, Prevention: The Legal Problems, Cases, Decisions, Responsibilities

JAMA. 1941;117(11):974-975. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820370070041

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This book was written by a surgeon and a lawyer, discussing the surgical and legal problems of foreign bodies left in the abdomen. It emphasizes to surgeons the danger of leaving a foreign body in the abdominal cavity, the best plan of treatment in such cases and the problem of prevention. From the legal point of view the consideration deals with the present law and rulings in the matter, including a presentation of the general practice and decisions and also of the special points raised by particular laws in the various states, and the responsibility of the various participants in the operating room. Numerous instructive case records are included, each of which is analyzed. It is emphasized that no two cases are exactly alike in pathologic conditions or in the details of what must be done. The attention of the surgeon cannot be given to watching sponges and instruments, for

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