A condition so incapacitating as complete prolapse of the rectum invites profound consideration, and any effort to improve the lot of sufferers from this malady should merit attention. That little has been accomplished in the way of cure may be learned by looking over the literature on this subject for the last hundred years. Yet it cannot be said that eminent surgeons have lacked interest in these cases, since in the records one finds Quénu, Hartmann, Todd, Zuckerkandl, Moschcowitz, Dural, Mummery, Miles and others considering the problem.
Since publishing my preliminary paper,1 I have given a great deal of study to the problems of prolapse, and believe that I have now a fundamental conception of the underlying cause and a plan of reconstruction that will prove helpful.
This, then, is my excuse for offering this paper in place of the usual chairman's address.
The natural supports of the rectum are
LYNCH JM. A NEW OPERATION FOR PROLAPSE OF THE RECTUM. JAMA. 1927;89(13):1050–1053. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690130038014