A History of the Acute Abdomen.

Frank L. Iber, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(5):523-524. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290170111051.
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The Acute Abdomen for the Man on the Spot. Edited by J. C. Angell, FRCS. Price, $5.50. Pp 96, with illustrations. J. B. Lippincott Company, E Washington Sq, Philadelphia, Pa, 1966.

Dr. Cope has provided a fresh and lively historical review of the major steps in the diagnosis and treatment of the acute abdomen from the point of view of the abdominal surgeon. Each advance is placed in perspective and the text is replete with quotations from the original sources.

It is fortunate that doctors exist with the tenacity of Dr. Cope to ferret out the many lines of advance so we may all profit from them. This small book will be of interest to all teaching libraries, and to most who perform abdominal surgery.

Few of us, if any, gain the confidence to write as Dr. Angell has done. This is most of all an extremely mature and sagacious


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