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This third volume of the series Traité de thérapeutique chirurgicale is in keeping with the best standards of publication. The illustrations, diagrams and the line drawings are exquisitely well reproduced and well chosen. For every disease entity presented, there is a short discussion of the clinical features, the surgical pathology, the varied surgical approaches, the complications, and their therapy.
However, the ever expanding field of pre- and postoperative patient care, so vital in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, has been given very scanty attention. For example, a chapter or chapters dealing with fluid and electrolyte balance, intestinal decompression, indications of peritoneal drainage, principles in the choice of abdominal incisions, early ambulation and drug therapy, would be of definite value to the surgeon in training. The directly allied fields of medical science are not sufficiently emphasized. Moreover, the intentional omission of a reference list in a volume of this size is
Hovnanian AP. Traité de thérapeutique chirurgicale. III. Abdomen: parois et tube digestif. JAMA. 1962;182(1):97. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050400099029
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