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November 1961

Intra-Abdominal Crises

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(5):812-813. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620110152037

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Generalizations used in discussing books, diseases, or operations often lose nuances of detail which distinguish one entity from another. Yet a generalization about this volume is applicable to each chapter and each page. This book is thoroughly British, which is to say that it is thoughtfully written in flawless language and is in restrained good taste. Reference material and statistics are minimized, while characterizational phraseology is dominant. Economy of words however does not arise from poverty of ideas. Instead, obviously a large and thoughtful experience is summarized in these pages.

References to the British Emergency Bed Service, Ambulance Service, and the status of the doctor under the National Health Service are of interest. True, they do not apply to the abdominal crisis as the American practicioner views it. But they do indicate the rigid partitions which nationalized medicine has raised between the local doctor and the English hospital. It is

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