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The second edition of emergency surgery by Adolph Ritter has just appeared "improved and augmented" over the 1940 first edition. According to the author the field of emergency surgery covers not only those conditions which start as emergencies but also what would have been minor surgical conditions had they not been neglected. Thus, to include the entire subject in one volume, it is necessary that certain phases be omitted.
The author has chosen to dwell on the operative technic and to omit the discussion of diagnosis and postoperative treatment. Preoperative treatment—getting the patient in the best possible condition for surgery—is discussed only very briefly. From the point of view of introducing this foreign text into the American market this choice of handling the subject is unfortunate. The American readers have available many excellent texts on operative surgery. The operative procedure for a gastric resection is similar whether the resection is
Notfallchirurgie: Die Ausführung der dringlichen blutigen Eingriffe. JAMA. 1949;141(4):296. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910040058031
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