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February 22, 1908

The Operating Room and the Patient.

JAMA. 1908;L(8):635. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530340063026

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The appearance of a second edition of this book within such a short period is the best evidence of its popularity. The author gives a clear description of the essentials in the equipment of a surgical apartment of the modern hospital in a manner not covered by any of the ordinary text-books on surgery. It will prove a valuable adjunct in the instruction of operating-room nurses, and of surgical internes. It is to be regretted that no method of describing the use of dry sterile gloves is given. The preparation of the various suture materials is described in great detail. The postoperative treatment of patients is well considered, but this chapter lacks system and spacing. The chapter on "Postoperative Infection" is very thorought, considering the size of the book. No mention is made of pulmonary embolism as a cause of sudden death after operations. It would also be a good

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