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This volume, which appeared recently in serial instalments in a surgical journal, is truly, as its author indicates, a book of "principles." Throughout the twenty-three chapters, emphasis is placed on the fundamentals on which preoperative and postoperative care are based. Procedures are described only when necessary to clarify the text or as a means of illustrating the principles discussed. The preliminary chapters of the book deal with general principles underlying rational preoperative and postoperative treatment. The titles of some of these are: preoperative and postoperative care of the average "good risk" patient; shock and collapse; blood transfusion; water balance and dehydration; disturbances of acid-base equilibrium; dilatation of the stomach; urinary disturbances, and postoperative pulmonary complications. In the remaining eleven chapters the preoperative and postoperative treatment of individual conditions are discussed, such as the care of the surgical diabetic patient, the care of patients with prostatic hypertrophy, gallbladder disease, toxic goiter,
Principles of Preoperative and Postoperative Treatment. JAMA. 1932;99(13):1109. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740650067039
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