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The word "abdomen" is of Latin derivation meaning "from, to hide." Certainly the author has tried, in a concise manner, to bring from hiding lesions responsible for producing acute abdominal pain. Notable is the manner in which large subjects, e.g. acute intestinal obstruction, are summarized with all important signs, symptoms and examinations considered and tabulated. Justifiably, the value of minute and chronologic history taking is reiterated. The author classifies conditions which need immediate surgery, conditions in which surgery may be delayed and conditions in which surgery is contraindicated. He stresses clinical judgment which, of course, means experience. Such a book
Diagnosis of Acute Abdominal Pain.. Ann Intern Med. ;40:1055. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-5-1055_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;40(5):1055.
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