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June 3, 1911

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technic. A Manual of Practical Procedures Employed in Diagnosis and Treatment.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(22):1675. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560220051038

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Many methods of diagnosis and treatment, even the commoner ones, fail through faulty technic, or are neglected entirely by the practitioner because adequate descriptions of the procedures are not readily available in general medical texts. In "Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technic" Morrow describes a large number of these minor operations and diagnostic methods including transfusions, infusions, venesection, intubation, tracheotomy, exploratory punctures and aspirations, urethral and pelvic examinations, etc. Outline drawings showing instruments, position of patient and operator, and the successive steps in the more complicated operations accompany the text.

The chapters on anesthesia, including local and spinal anesthesia, are completely and well written. The dangers of the A-C-E mixture and of gastric lavage before the return of the reflexes after general anesthesia might well be emphasized more strongly. The points urged against spinal anesthesia are well taken.

In the administration of antitoxic serums, we question the advisability of advocating the axillary

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