House officers, when they conclude their residencies, have competence to manage the severe or mortal illnesses, but few have the breadth of experience to manage many of the minor ills and injuries that often cause discomfort or disfigurement. In such a void, one may well take counsel in the fourth edition of Dr. Ferguson's well-established text.
With little emphasis on widesweeping principles of surgery, specific courses of therapy are described for specific maladies. The scope of description is sufficiently wide to include the overwhelming majority of surgical problems that can be dealt with in the office or emergency room. Few subjects are dealt with to any great depth, and alternate modes of therapy are noted with brevity. Selection is based on the author's preference, and some forms of treatment will be unfamiliar to younger generations, as in the varied uses of sclerosing solutions.
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