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PREOPERATIVE AND POSTOPERATIVE TREATMENT IN UROLOGY

CHARLES HUGGINS, M.D.; CORNELIUS VERMEULEN, M.D.
Arch Surg. 1940;40(6):1185-1191. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1940.04080050148013.
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The aim of preparation of patients for operation is restoration as near to the integral state as possible, and this consists in correction of physiologic and chemical abnormalities and in increasing reserve capacities. Thanks to the many experimentalists who have provided theory basal to the clinical management of the sick person, modern treatment rests largely on a logical basis, and empiric practices each year become fewer. It is axiomatic that greater certainty and predictability, and hence efficiency, attend management based on the correction of pathologic mechanisms, with irrational and intuitive method eliminated as far as possible. A second desideratum is simplification of therapy, since it is obvious that more abracadabra accompanies unduly complex procedures. The following methods of treatment, then, are intended to be as simple as the correction of chemical aberrations due to disease will permit. It is hoped that no impression of finality will be derived from the

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