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April 8, 1939

Shock and Related Capillary Phenomena

JAMA. 1939;112(14):1416. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800140114030

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The purpose of the book is to present the subject as a pathologic entity. The author states that the major advances in solving the shock problem have been made by physiologists and surgeons, while the contributions made by pathologists have been negligible. In order to remedy this defect, the author attempts to discuss shock as he would any other pathologic condition. The book begins with an excellent review of current knowledge concerning the capillaries; their distribution, function, reactions, permeability and local capillary phenomena associated with the action of histamine, with inflammation and so on. Then follows a brief but good review of the theories concerning shock. The remaining portion of the book, with the exception of an appendix on practical considerations, is devoted to a presentation of the pathologic processes and morphologic changes in shock, to the evidence for the special theory favored by the author, that of traumatic toxemia,

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