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August 23, 1965

Handbook of Practical Urology

JAMA. 1965;193(8):690. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090080052028

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Experience shows that the first lessons learned are the ones that take deepest root. Consequently, this book for house officers has immense possibilities. Dr. Hirschhorn designed his text as an illustrated "practical working manual of selected material." House officers will find this book so useful that inevitably they will demand new editions of greater scope: more topics and more detail.

Here are some examples. The section on emergencies should have a chapter on septicemia and septic shock, one of the gravest of urologicemergencies. The discussion of nephrostomy drainage should consider the different requirements of temporary versus permanent drainage, a large tube being important for the latter since the fistula sometimes contracts. What size tubes are recommended? How long before a stable fistula forms around the tube so that it can be safely changed? Similarly, "when the bladder has a small laceration," urethral catheter drainage can suffice and one should "follow

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