Cope's Early Diagnosis of the Acute Abdomen

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OUP USA, Feb 4, 2010 - Medical - 299 pages
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This classic text is much beloved by medical students and physicians-in-training throughout the English-speaking world, as its many editions indicate. It is chock full of the pearls of clinical wisdom that students and practitioners treasure, and many of these lessons apply to medicine in general. The book was well characterized by a reviewer of an earlier edition for The New England Journal of Medicine: 'If only one book about surgery could be made available to physicians from all specialties, it should probably be Silen's recent revision of Cope's Early Diagnosis of the Acute Abdomen. Since the book first appeared, it has remained the classic treatise on the initial approach to abdominal pain.' Because acute, severe abdominal pain is still a common problem whose misdiagnosis can result in quick death, each generation of beginning physicians is faced with the urgency of learning to make a diagnosis in this high-anxiety situation, and they appreciate the wise, humane, precisely detailed guidance offered by Cope and Silen. For the 22nd Edition, Dr. Silen has again updated the text in a respectful but significant way. He has added a chapter on the increasing disorder of diverticulitis, reexamines the use of analgesics, emphasizes the costs of over-testing, and updates all recommendations regarding trauma, radiologic studies, and therapeutic recommendations.
 

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Contents

1 Principles of diagnosis in acute abdominal disease
3
the history
18
the examination of the patient
28
the grouping of symptoms and signs
41
5 Laboratory and radiological tests
54
6 Appendicitis
67
7 The differential diagnosis of appendicitis
84
8 Diverticulitis of the colon
105
16 The early diagnosis of strangulated and obstructed hernias
190
17 Acute abdominal symptoms due to vascular lesions
197
18 Acute abdominal symptoms in women
208
19 Early ectopic gestation
217
20 Acute abdominal disease with genitourinary symptoms
228
21 The diagnosis of acute peritonitis
233
22 The early diagnosis of abdominal injuries
241
23 The postoperative abdomen
252

9 Perforation of a gastric or duodenal ulcer
108
10 Acute pancreatitis
122
11 Cholecystitis and other causes of acute pain in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen
131
12 Acute abdominal lesions arising in the left hypochondrium
141
13 The colics
145
14 Acute intestinal obstruction
153
15 Intussusception and other causes of obstruction
178
24 The acute abdomen in the tropics
261
25 Diseases that may simulate the acute abdomen
271
26 Acute abdominal pain in the immunocompromised patient
283
27 Abdominal catastrophes when sensation is impaired
287
Index
289
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William Silen, MD
Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery, Emeritus
Harvard University Medical School
Boston, MA

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