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This second edition of the Manual of Surgical Therapeutics is evidence of its acceptance and usefulness. It is a "cookbook" in style, being handy, brief, and a thoroughly practical guide for treatment of surgical patients. It is primarily for senior medical students, interns, and residents. It includes step-by-step guides for treatment of various types of trauma, shock, cardiac arrythmias and arrest, surgical infections, preoperative and postoperative care, fluid and electrolyte therapy, postoperative complications, respiratory insufficiency, renal failure, burns, differential diagnosis of abdominal pain, massive upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage, intestinal obstruction, venous disorders of the legs, anorectal problems, and pediatric surgery.
It does not go into in-depth description and study of various conditions, but rather it is designed to be available in the intern's coat pocket for ready reference. Its scope is complete and up to date. It includes the latest concepts in central venous pressure, blood gases, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and
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