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July 21, 1956

Subphrenic Abscess

JAMA. 1956;161(12):1209. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970120091025

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This detailed review of subphrenic abscesses is the most complete work since the classic writings of Barnard and Ochsner. The early statistical chapters are dry, but the later clinical chapters are of great interest and fulfill the author's object in stressing the need for early and accurate diagnosis and the manner whereby it may reduce the still heavy mortality. Mr. Harley produces a clear and decisive argument that demonstrates the hazards and condemns the use of any transserous approach to the abscess cavity. It is a book with which all general surgeons should be acquainted, since it serves as a compact and ready reference. Unfortunately there is no index and the excellent radiographic photographs are all grouped together instead of being interspersed throughout the text, where they would have been more readily available.

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