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Abdominal Surgery in the Aged: An Analysis of Three Hundred Seven Operations

Abdominal Surgery in the Aged: An Analysis of Three Hundred Seven Operations Abstract It is apparent both from one's own experience and from population trends that the elderly patient constitutes an increasingly important segment of medical practice. This poses a challenge to the medical profession that can be met only by a thorough understanding of the problems that are peculiar to this group of patients. In an attempt to improve our knowledge of the surgical treatment of the aged patient, a study was done of patients (65 years of age or older) who were operated on in the Confederate Memorial Medical Center from Jan. 1, 1955, through Dec. 31, 1956. These patients were from the general surgery wards alone, and a detailed study was made of those who had adbominal surgery. If a patient died while in the hospital following a surgical procedure, the death was tabulated as an operative one, regardless of the time between surgery and death. During the two years References 1. Anglem, T. J., and Bradford, M. L.: Major Surgery in the Aged , New England J. Med. 249:1005 ( (Dec. 17) ) 1953.Crossref 2. Gilchrist, R. K., and de Peyster, F. A.: Principles and Safeguards in Abdominal Surgery of the Aged , J. A. M. A. 160:1375 ( (April 21) ) 1956.Crossref 3. Haug, C. A., and Dale, W. A.: Major Surgery in Old People , A. M. A. Arch. Surg. 64:421 ( (April) ) 1952.Crossref 4. Welch, C. S.: Surgery in the Aged , New England J. Med. 238:821 ( (June 10) ) 1948.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png A.M.A. Archives Surgery American Medical Association

Abdominal Surgery in the Aged: An Analysis of Three Hundred Seven Operations

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1958 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0096-6908
DOI
10.1001/archsurg.1958.01280240121019
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Abstract

Abstract It is apparent both from one's own experience and from population trends that the elderly patient constitutes an increasingly important segment of medical practice. This poses a challenge to the medical profession that can be met only by a thorough understanding of the problems that are peculiar to this group of patients. In an attempt to improve our knowledge of the surgical treatment of the aged patient, a study was done of patients (65 years of age or older) who were operated on in the Confederate Memorial Medical Center from Jan. 1, 1955, through Dec. 31, 1956. These patients were from the general surgery wards alone, and a detailed study was made of those who had adbominal surgery. If a patient died while in the hospital following a surgical procedure, the death was tabulated as an operative one, regardless of the time between surgery and death. During the two years References 1. Anglem, T. J., and Bradford, M. L.: Major Surgery in the Aged , New England J. Med. 249:1005 ( (Dec. 17) ) 1953.Crossref 2. Gilchrist, R. K., and de Peyster, F. A.: Principles and Safeguards in Abdominal Surgery of the Aged , J. A. M. A. 160:1375 ( (April 21) ) 1956.Crossref 3. Haug, C. A., and Dale, W. A.: Major Surgery in Old People , A. M. A. Arch. Surg. 64:421 ( (April) ) 1952.Crossref 4. Welch, C. S.: Surgery in the Aged , New England J. Med. 238:821 ( (June 10) ) 1948.Crossref

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A.M.A. Archives SurgeryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jun 1, 1958

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