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November 19, 1910


Author Affiliations

Professor of Diseases of the Stomach and Dietetics, Starling-Ohio Medical College COLUMBUS, OHIO

JAMA. 1910;55(21):1777-1781. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330210005002

There have been very few accurate and thorough reports on the results of gastro-enterostomy for ulcer of the stomach.

Bettman and White1 have collected reports of 150 cases with results after the lapse of at least one year. Bamberger2 has studied 836 cases in which operation was performed for chronic ulcer of the stomach. The former study shows an immediate mortality of 10 per cent., the latter, 12.2 per cent. To this must be added a late mortality from complications in Bettman and White's series of 14.6 per cent. and in Bamberger's cases of 5 per cent. (complete late reports lacking in many of Bamberger's series).

We find, then a total mortality of 24.6 per cent. in one series and 17.2 per cent. in the second series. The group of 836 cases showed 74 per cent. cures; 13.4 per cent. unchanged. In the group of 150 cases there

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