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Supportive Care of the Surgical Patient.

John J. Skillman, MD
Arch Surg. 1973;107(4):626-627. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350220102027.
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This remarkable little book deals with the many aspects of normal and abnormal physiology in the surgical patient. Although somewhat limited in depth, its scope is commendable, and there is little that it fails to touch upon. Although I found myself disagreeing with Dr. Stahl on occasional specific issues, it was surprising how seldom this occurred. The book is remarkably up to date, easy to read, and expresses the many concepts in a clear, concise, semioutline form. Dr. Stahl has evaluated many controversial issues in a fair and unbiased way. The bibliography is selectively extensive and well organized. The chapter on emotional factors is excellent and reminds the surgeon of his own frequent failings in dealing adequately with this important aspect of patient care.

A book of this general type is often reviewed with a final comment by the reviewer that it is recommended for medical students. I asked one


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