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March 1943

Intestinal Obstructions: A Physiological and Clinical Consideration with Emphasis on Therapy, Including Description of Operative Procedures.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1943;71(3):439. doi:10.1001/archinte.1943.00210030140014

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Abstract

This is an excellent treatise on the important and serious clinical problem of intestinal obstruction. From the preface through the last page of the last chapter, which deals with obstructions owing to vascular causes, the book is full of practical suggestions regarding the manner in which intestinal obstruction disturbs the economy of the body and regarding diagnostic, as well as therapeutic, procedures for this most devastating human ailment.

The author wisely has divided the subject into four parts as follows: physiologic and clinical considerations; general diagnosis; therapeutic considerations, and special obstructions.

Part 1, on physiologic and clinical considerations of intestinal obstruction, consists of one chapter of 60 pages which is divided into seven parts. In this portion of the book the author deals with the systemic effects, character and source of distention and its manifestations on the intestinal wall. Absorption in the presence of obstruction, the significance of the factor

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