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April 30, 1938

Diagnostics urgents. Abdomen

JAMA. 1938;110(18):1516. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790180104040

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The popularity of this treatise on diagnosis of acute conditions within the abdomen is best proved by the fact that only four years elapsed between the second and the present edition. Contrary to the prevailing custom the book has been only slightly enlarged: seventy-three pages more than the second edition; what is still more surprising, the number of illustrations has been cut, apparently without detracting from the value of the book. A cursory perusal of the voluminous two parts failed to reveal any signs of a considerable revision. The colloquial style and numerous case histories are responsible for the large size of the work, certainly an undesirable feature of a book of this type, which should serve as a guide in emergency cases. It seems that not enough attention has been paid to the laboratory studies, frequently invaluable in the differential diagnosis of acute abdominal conditions. Such minor criticisms do

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