Copes Early Diagnosis of the Acute Abdomen

Paperback | January 26, 2010

EditorWilliam Silen

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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 ingeneral. 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 AcuteAbdomen. 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 oflearning 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 disorderof 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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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 ingeneral. The book was well characterized by a r...

William Silen is Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery, Emeritus at Harvard University Medical School in Boston, MA.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 5.51 × 8.19 × 0.79 inPublished:January 26, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199730458

ISBN - 13:9780199730452

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Table of Contents

1. The principles of diagnosis in acute abdominal disease2. Method of diagnosis: the history3. Method of diagnosis: the exaamination of the patient4. Method of diagnosis: the grouping of symptoms and signs5. Laboratory and radiological tests6. Appendicitis7. the differential diagnosis of appendicitis8. Perforation of a gastric or duodenal ulcer9. Acute pancreatitis10. Cholecystitis and other causes of acute pain in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen11. Acute abdominal lesions arising in the left hypochondrium12. The colics13. Acute intestinal obstruction14. Intussusception and other causes of obstruction15. The early diagnosis of strangulated and obstructed hernias16. Acute abdominal symptoms due to vascular lesions17. Acute abdominal symptoms in women18. Early ectopic gestation19. Acute abdominal disease with genitourinary symptoms20. The diagnosis of acute peritonitis21. The early diagnosis of abdominal injuries22. The postoperative abdomen23. The acute abdomen in the tropics24. Diseases that may simulate the acute abdomen25. Acute abdominal pain in the immunocompromised patient26. Abdominal catastrophes when sensation is impairedIndex