Summary SummaryI have perhaps attempted to mention too many things in the allotted time. Three things should stand out in the preoperative preparation: (1) Consideration of the “total” patient, with a thorough estimate of his physiologic defects and with appropriate efforts to correct them. (2) Assurance that the patient comes to the operating room with a clean and empty colon. (3) (Less important) assurance that the colon has been rendered almost sterile by the safest antibiotic program that is effective.
Read at the meeting of the American Cancer Society, New York City, October 20-21, 1958.
© The ASCRS 1959