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December 7, 1940

The Early Diagnosis of the Acute Abdomen

JAMA. 1940;115(23):2021. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810490077031

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This edition of Cope's famous monograph embodies few additions. Little can be said in further praise of this small but justly popular book that has not already been said in past reviews. A compact volume, it treats with utmost clarity the entire subject of acute conditions of the abdomen. Particularly excellent are the chapters on the method of examining the abdomen and the opening chapter on the principles of diagnosis. The importance of a detailed history is emphasized. Charts illustrating the reference of pain and manual methods of examination are distinctly helpful. Anatomic considerations are utilized to explain the basis for the various diagnostic procedures. Well known to most, it should be pointed out that this volume has a place on the shelf of every student, surgeon and physician whose work may be even remotely related to pathologic conditions of the abdomen.

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