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Increasing numbers of internists find themselves responsible for the preoperative and, especially, the postoperative care of surgical patients despite a feeling that such care is the responsibility of the surgeon. Only an occasional surgeon is the paragon described by one professor of surgery as being "an internist—and something more." Instead, the surgeon by temperament commonly prefers the drama of the operating theater to bedside practice. By default the patient suffering complications of surgery becomes all too often "a medical case" and a candidate for transfer to a medical service. For the internist faced with such a situation this manual is
Manual of Preoperative and Postoperative Care.. Ann Intern Med. ;68:259–260. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-68-1-259_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(1):259-260.
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