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January 31, 1948

Surgery of the Ambulatory Patient

JAMA. 1948;136(5):357. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890220067038

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This book fulfils its purpose as an integrated picture of office surgery from diagnosis and treatment to equipment. The author has avoided successfully that difficult term, minor surgery. The procedures described can be carried out in a well equipped office. Whether this is the wisest course in a number of instances may be doubted, but their feasibility is unquestioned. As a matter of fact, the definition of an ambulatory patient is rapidly changing. With the present shortage of hospital beds the field is certainly enlarging.

Aside from the doubtful value of sulfonamide compounds used locally, there is little to be criticized and much to be praised. The illustration of "how to do a rectal examination" is fascinating—the importance and simplicity of this diagnostic means is too frequently slighted. The general practitioner can well benefit from this book.

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