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Belly discomfort can tax the diagnostic skills of the best internists, surgeons, and gynecologists. This relatively small book, written by a surgeon at the University of Toronto, is a guide for clinicians dealing with acute abdominal pain. Ten chapters discuss the nature, physiology, and psychology of pain; pertinent history and physical examination; emergency laboratory and radiologic investigations; pain arising from individual organs and structures; different patterns of abdominal discomfort; abdominal pain of systemic origin; and principles of management. A short list of references and suggestions for further reading follows each chapter.
Currie writes clearly and occasionally drops pearls of wisdom.
Abdominal Pain.. Ann Intern Med. ;92:452. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-3-452_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(3):452.
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