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Renewed interest has been awakened in the subject of intestinal tuberculosis since recent experience in modern aggressive surgery has taught the profession that some of the cases in which the disease occurs as a primary affection are amenable to successful surgical intervention. Intestinal tuberculosis appears under so many different pathologic forms and presents such various clinical aspects, that it becomes necessary to inquire carefully into its etiology and pathology, in order to enable the surgeon to exercise the necessary care in the selection of cases for operative treatment. The field of abdominal surgery is rapidly increasing in extent and usefulness, and one of its most recent acquisitions is the successful treatment of certain forms of intestinal tuberculosis.
It is my intention on this occasion to discuss as briefly as possible the etiology, pathology, symptoms and diagnosis of this affection of the intestinal canal, with special reference to the indications which
SENN N. THE ETIOLOGY, PATHOLOGY AND DIAGNOSIS OF INTESTINAL TUBERCULOSIS.. JAMA. 1898;XXX(23):1313–1321. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440750001001