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December 1974

The Spleen

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC

Arch Surg. 1974;109(6):846. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360060112039

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Those who purchase books by title alone are likely to be disappointed in The Spleen. The authors freely admit that "it has not been [our] intention to produce a comprehensive manual of the spleen and its disorders." It is rather a series of nine essays by three authors on general topics of interest about the spleen. The first chapters concerning anatomy, immunology, and pathology are complete with extensive bibliographies but suffer from compression of the material to the point where topics are only mentioned but not explained. The chapters on splenic enlargement and special investigations are well thought out and clear in their outline. The final four chapters of the book, obviously written by the surgeon, MacPherson, concern the technique of splenectomy, management of splenic rupture, and the rather specialized subject of aneurysms of the splenic artery. The chapter on prognosis after splenectomy is a particularly well-documented essay that brings

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