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January 31, 1959

The Acute Abdomen

JAMA. 1959;169(5):541. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000220121029

This book is designed primarily to assist young surgeons and medical students in the diagnostic problems that acute disorders of the abdomen may entail. It is proper then that detailed instructions relative to the examination of the abdomen be included. The value of the history as it relates to the patient's abdominal complaint is emphasized. It is in this area in particular that the depth of the author's experience becomes evident. Much of the clinical symptomatology has been tabulated to compare the merits of various signs and symptoms in relation to different abdominal diseases. Intestinal obstruction and its causes, diagnosis, and treatment, is thoroughly discussed, and excellent illustrations are presented. The latter half of the book gives the details of those diseases in which immediate operation is required, those in which operation can be delayed, and those in which it is contraindicated. In addition, traumatic wounds of the abdomen, congenital

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