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May 31, 1947

Urgent Surgery. Volume I

JAMA. 1947;134(5):487. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880220071031

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This is a comprehesive book covering a large field in surgery. Urgent surgery is defined as that type of surgery which is not traumatic or elective but comprises cases in which operation becomes imperative within a matter of days. The first four chapters cover blood transfusion, anesthesia, all types of intravenous infusions, shock, hemorrhage, septicemia and gas gangrene. These subjects are presented as one would deal with them in urgent surgery as defined by the author. The chapter on laparotomy is one of the best. It explains what is meant by laparotomy and stresses the important fact that if such a procedure is undertaken the operating surgeon must be equipped and qualified to deal with major pathologic conditions. It also covers the various types of incisions and their closure and takes up the question of drainage. Three chapters are then devoted to surgery of the stomach and duodenum, including gastrotomy

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