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October 1970


Arch Surg. 1970;101(4):544. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1970.01340280096028

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To the Editor.—I write you in the hope that you will get somebody to write an editorial commenting upon the article by Espinosa and Updegrove on the use of the G-suit, published in the July 1970 Archives. I do not see any evidence in the eight cases cited that a single patient was benefitted by the procedure. In all, there seems to have been considerable delay and the idea of using a G-suit for a ruptured spleen in a 16-year-old boy or for a patient with perforative peritonitis seems pretty abhorrent. Most of the aneurysm patients would have been much better off had they been operated upon instantly without the delay inherent in applying the G-suit. I am fearful that, given the attraction that any new gadget has, the apparent blessing of the editors of the Archives may lead to widespread application of this technique and in cases where

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