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December 1974

Emergency Abdominal Surgery

Author Affiliations

Brookline, Mass

Arch Surg. 1974;109(6):845. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360060111037

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It is a tribute to the author of this book that he has single-handedly compiled an interesting and authoritative text on such a broad subject. He obviously has had a vast clinical surgical experience. The book covers all the acute abdominal diseases that fall into the province of the surgeon in all age groups. It is a readable book and is studded with interesting historical notes plus explanations of surgical eponyms. The clinical information is detailed and a considerable amount of surgical technique is included. The illustrations are line drawings for the most part and, while not profuse, are adequate. A short bibliography is appended to each chapter. In addition to the usual index, the table of contents is in itself a miniature index.

While the book reflects the author's personal opinions, which for the most part are sound, he does present alternative points of view on controversial methods of

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