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December 25, 1937

Quelques vérités premiéres (ou soi-disant telles) en chirurgie abdominale

JAMA. 1937;109(26):2163-2164. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780520053027

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Under the editorial supervision of Drs. Louis Ombrédanne and Noël Fiessinger have been or are being published a number of short, concise monographs dealing with surgical or medical specialties. It is somewhat difficult to classify such publications; they are not quiz compends nor are they synopses or syllabi. Perhaps "surgical tabloid" comes nearest the truth. Mondor's opus is replete with aphorisms many of which have stood the test of time, while others may or will have to be changed as new truths become revealed. Ombrédanne himself suggests that it might have been wiser to entitle the monograph "truths of today." The field covered includes abdominal wall traumas, gastric, duodenal and pancreatic lesions, intestine and peritoneum, and gynecologic surgery. Writing of abdominal wall trauma, one is advised to reexamine the patient every half hour for possible internal lesions. Abdominal rigidity is considered pathognomonic of a lesion of the hollow viscera. To

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