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May 20, 1974

Outpatient Surgery

Author Affiliations

University of Southern California School of Medicine Los Angeles

JAMA. 1974;228(8):1039. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230330069033

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This book aims to help surgeons and their assistants deliver more effective care to all who come to our medical facilities, especially the outpatient clinics, emergency room, and overnight ward. Twenty-nine chapters are contributed by 26 full-time and voluntary faculty members of the University of Colorado.

Besides general topics such as organization, anesthesia, infections, pain, metabolism, and endocrinology, the presentation emphasizes organ systems and subspecialities of surgery. The chapter on trauma describes the overall management of major and minor trauma (including techniques of knot-tying), while discussion of transplantation covers aspects of preoperative selection of recipients and their postoperative management. The chapter on heart and cardiac surgery gives the most balanced coverage. Other than cardiac trauma and pacemaker problems, it teaches the physician treating outpatients how to decide on the correct time for operations, such as complete preoperative evaluation and assessing the risk of operation for the patient. After surgery, drug