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Dr James D. Hardy's fourth presentation of Complications lists among its numerous contributors the best-known writers in the American surgical literature—William Altemeier, Frank Glenn, George Jordan, Lloyd Nyhus, Hiram Polk, Normal Rich, Watts Webb, and Claude Welch, to name but a few.
This latest effort is so current in its application as to include complications of such innovative procedures as organ transplants and major cardiac operations (coronary artery bypass, resection of ventricular aneurysm).
The book contains the classic sections on postoperative fever and infection, wound complications, hemorrhage, and shock. There is an informative chapter on anesthesia and an excellent discussion of cardiac arrest and resuscitation by the discoverer of closed-chest massage, James Jude. "Nutritional Complications" includes discussion of parenteral hyperalimentation with the technique of subclavian vein catheterization.
The outstanding value of the book is in its treatment of subjects related to general surgery. Hardy's own chapter on gastric operations is
Cotlar AM. Complications in Surgery and Their Management. JAMA. 1982;248(6):757–758. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330060081044
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