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Management of the Acute Abdomen.

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By Shepherd John A.. . 366 pages. Oxford University Press; , New York and Toronto: , 1982.. $33.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(2):291. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-99-2-291_1
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Management of acute abdominal problems is a skill that comes with study and experience. The pathophysiology of the acute abdomen is complicated and many of the factors involved can be covered in separate chapters. Although the gastrointestinal tract is a common source of illness, the genitourinary system also may be involved. Each organ of these two systems is a potential site of disease and a chapter is devoted to them. The text is readable and informative.

The book is directed toward those with limited experience such as house staff members, young physicians, and allied health personnel. Although a great deal



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