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June 8, 1940

Injection Treatment of Hernia, Hydrocele, Ganglion, Hemorrhoids, Prostate Gland, Angioma, Varicocele, Varicose Veins, Bursae, and Joints

JAMA. 1940;114(23):2328. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810230058031

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The increased popularity of the injection method of treatment is responsible for this authoritative work. Experience of many reliable workers showed that skepticism as to the safety and value of this method has been founded on theoretical misconceptions. On the other hand, the recent wave of enthusiasm over the injection method has created the impression that this treatment is not only a panacea for all types of hernias and varicose veins but also a simple office procedure which will save the patient time and money. The consensus at the present time is that the injection method has its field of usefulness, good results depending on an accurate differential diagnosis of the type of hernia, good judgment in selection of suitable cases, a thorough knowledge of the regional anatomy, proper technic of injection and, last but not least, a familiarity with fitting scientifically correct trusses. Too strong emphasis cannot be placed

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