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December 15, 1945

Hey Groves' Synopsis of Surgery

JAMA. 1945;129(16):1132. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860500064032

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As the title implies, this volume represents an outline of surgery, including practically all its specialties. Of necessity, the material is brief but is arranged in a very clear, concise manner because of skilful use of headings and subheadings. The illustrations are poorly executed and not too well chosen. Numerous errors in principles are found. Too much emphasis is placed on the use of heat in the treatment of burn shock. The use and value of tetanus toxoid is not mentioned. The amount of tetanus antitoxin (viz. 500 units) recommended in the prophylaxis of tetanus would be considered too small by most surgeons. The discussion on treatment of shock is not very modern. The same may be said of the treatment of peritonitis; too little attention is paid to the use of decompression. The advice to give "prostigmin (1 cc.) every hour for six hours" in the treatment of peritonitis

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