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  • s  happening or done before and in preparation for a surgical operation

  • The authors looked at studies pitting preoperative use of MRI, which relies on magnetic waves, against mammograms and similar tests that use radiation to take pictures of breast .
  • Three years ago, the American Society of Anesthesiology declared that prolonged preoperative fasting was no longer recommended.
  • The preoperative prayers were said with muted strings; the ether was given with dissonance; the incision and sewing up came with a clatter of busy brass and woodwinds.

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