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October 5, 1918


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JAMA. 1918;71(14):1120-1122. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600400020007

At this time when so much unavoidable injury is occupying the attention of the surgical world, the surgeon in civilian practice is more than ever shocked on being confronted with traumatism that could be avoided. This was forcibly brought home to me recently while operating for symptoms of a severe abdominal lesion:

A colored woman, aged 49, had been operated on twelve years previously (operator unknown) for a tumor of the uterus, abscess and appendicitis. After two months at the hospital, she had been dismissed in good condition and had remained perfectly well until her present illness, which had set in with severe abdominal pain six days prior to her coming to the hospital.

I was not a little astounded to find the trouble to have been caused by a pair of hemostatic forceps 8 inches long, one half of which was found in the sigmoid and the other half

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