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February 5, 1938

The Abdominal Surgery of Children

JAMA. 1938;110(6):464. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790060056029

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The preface contains the remark that the adult may safely be treated as a child but that the converse can lead only to disaster. To be successful in the abdominal surgery of children the surgeon must be familiar with certain diseases peculiar to the child, such as status lymphaticus, congenital pyloric stenosis, intussusception, and hernia of the umbilical cord. In this volume the genito-urinary system has been omitted by the author except as far as it touches the general surgery of the abdomen. Some chapters of the second edition have been rewritten and others amplified; the easily readable text is accompanied by numerous illustrations and four color plates; at the end of each chapter is a short bibliography. A few opinions deserve special attention: Preoperative purgation, enemas and starvation should be abandoned; avoidance of purgation is observed during the postoperative period; no ill effects from morphine have ever been noticed

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