All that is visible to the patient of your wonderful, life saving, emergency abdominal operation is the surgical wound. Wound complications, although not life threatening are an irritating source of painful morbidity which bothers the patient and his surgeon alike. It is no wonder then that throughout generations, surgeons developed elaborate rituals to prevent and treat wound complications. Now, that you are reading the third to last chapter of this book you are, hopefully, sufficiently brain-washed to deplore elaborate gimmicks, and demand pragmatic solutions instead.
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