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The authors, with 29 contributing specialists, have compiled a volume of concise descriptions of the diagnosis and treatment of surgical emergencies. The common emergency problems of trauma and infections of mechanical and congenital cause are presented. The basis of the opinions and protocols is the experience of the King County Hospital, and the contributors are essentially the surgical specialists in the Downstate Medical Center of the State University of New York.
The book is organized and indexed primarily by systems, to provide easy and ready access to the discussion of the management of each surgical emergency. It is not intended to be a text, since the presentation of each entity is brief and decisive. Nor, for most conditions, is it a cookbook outline of what to do, since diagnosis of many emergencies requires a broad and current background of medical knowledge, and surgical care of the majority of these problems