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October 1971

Abdominal Trauma.

Author Affiliations

Charleston, SC

Arch Intern Med. 1971;128(4):652. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310220160047

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This book which is devoted to abdominal trauma has 38 chapters and an index within its 212 pages. Several chapters are only one page in length, and some of them are short as one half page. These would have better been included as paragraphs in other chapters but have apparently been included as a means of increasing the size of the volume. Even the longer chapters are written in a rather casual manner with little indication that the book contains anything other than personal opinion in spite of the fact that there is a rather extensive bibliography. There is no indication that the bibliography is pertinent to the text itself except for rare reference contained within the pages of the volume.

The principles set forth in the various chapters are in general sound, but there is little in these pages to instruct the uninitiated about how these principles are derived

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