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December 4, 1948

Hernia: Anatomy, Etiology, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Differential Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment

JAMA. 1948;138(14):1067. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900140059039

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Watson's book has been standard on the subject of hernia for over twenty-five years. This new edition, the third, still maintains the general excellence of presentation that prevailed in the earlier ones.

There is much new material in the text, including accounts of the Harrington technic for repair of hiatus hernia; Babcock's procedure using fine wire sutures; current trends regarding early ambulation, thrombosis and embolism and suture materials. The sections devoted to the surgical and to the sclerosing therapy technic are particularly directed to the reader's attention as being especially praiseworthy. Much information appertaining to the medicolegal aspects of hernia is also present.

The well known medical artists Lorraine, Sweet and Shepard deserve credit for their accurate, crisp drawings.

Every practicing surgeon should avail himself of a copy of this comprehensive treatise on the subject of hernia.

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