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The progressive evolution of the treatment of surgical emergencies made a revision of such classical works as Lejars' book imperative. The author has undertaken the tremendous task of covering the entire field and accomplished it in an admirable manner.
The book is divided into two parts. The first deals with the general principles of first aid. The author describes in a succinct manner the proper preparation of the patient and the surgeon, sedation, choice of anesthetics, selection of incision and treatment of hemorrhage and shock. He discusses first aid for traumatic lesions of blood vessels, nerves, muscles and tendons, bones and articulations and surgical infections.
The second part offers an outline of treatment of emergencies, according to topography of the lesion. First aid in fractures is described in a long chapter. Injuries of the eyes, ears, the oral cavity and the genitourinary apparatus have not been omitted,
A cursory review
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