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September 9, 1939

Minor Medical Operations for Senior Medical Students and Recently Qualified Practitioners

JAMA. 1939;113(11):1057. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800360071032

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This little manual is designed for the practitioner who may be distant from help and is called on to perform minor procedures unaided. The young physician is apt to forget the practical points he has been taught in medical school when he is brought face to face with the problem of tapping the pleural cavity or giving an intravenous injection. The authors place proper emphasis on the minutiae. They describe pleural shock; they explain the sensitivity of iodides and cocaine when injections of iodized oil are considered; they warn the doctor himself to beware of infection when he examines throats. They are practical enough to know that the suitable vein in the antecubital fossa is the palpable one and not the tiny visible one which seems tempting but betrays the operator by collapsing when suction is applied. Their precautions in nursing care with regard to quiet and order bespeaks a

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