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Emergency Abdominal Surgery in Infancy, Childhood and Adult Life

Alvin M. Cotlar, MD
JAMA. 1974;229(8):1111. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230460061033.
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Emergency Abdominal Surgery extensively reviews the management of all types of abdominal catastrophes. The book, unfortunately sparsely illustrated, nevertheless is an invaluable handbook for the student and surgical house staff. The early chapters dealing with preoperative and postoperative care present practical recommendations. This early portion of the book also includes abdominal emergencies in the newborn, apparently a favorite subject of the author, a consultant in pediatric surgery at the University of Aberdeen.

The text discusses the usual abdominal emergencies, such as appendicitis, intestinal obstruction, perforated ulcer, hematemesis, and melana, as well as unusual subjects of specialized interest (gynecologic, urologic, and others). The author approaches these conditions from the standpoint of etiology, incidence, diagnosis, and management.

Numerous references from the world surgical bibliography are sometimes as recent as within one year of the book's publication. Dr. Jones, in presenting various techniques of management, offers his personal preference but at all times


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