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October 21, 1944

Infections of the Peritoneum

JAMA. 1944;126(8):527. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850430061028

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Much has been written on peritonitis from many points of view by many authors. Dr. Steinberg's book is a comprehensive review of this voluminous material as well as the report of his intensive experimental and clinical work on the subject for eighteen years. There is more emphasis placed on the relation of basic sciences to the condition than in most publications dealing with peritonitis. Most of Dr. Steinberg's researches have dealt with etiology and pathogenesis, and his conceptions are deserving of widespread dissemination among the medical profession. Uniform understanding of the early stages of peritonitis and its development would result in earlier and better treatment and a corresponding reduction of mortality. The basic principles expounded so well by Steinberg are of great importance in the management of this condition. There has been a tendency toward slighting them and substituting indiscriminate chemotherapy. While chemotherapy, is of great value, it cannot as

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