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April 4, 1931

CAUSES OF FAILURE IN THE TREATMENT OF VARICOSE VEINS

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO
From the Department of Surgery, Northwestern University Medical School.

JAMA. 1931;96(14):1111-1114. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720400009002
Abstract

Unprecedented interest is shown both by the medical profession and by the public in the subject of varicose veins. A few years ago it was necessary to advocate and argue the cause of injection treatment, particularly before surgeons. Today one may say that this form of treatment has become an accepted, standard procedure, widely used by the general practitioner and favored by the progressive surgeon, who is only too glad to relinquish or reduce the number of extensive operative procedures, with a disconcerting percentage of recurrences. Today it is no longer necessary to fight for the principle of injection treatment, but rather to emphasize the possible errors and mistakes that are frequently made in a type of procedure which is so easily accessible to both physician and patient. There is hardly anything more instructive than to go over the possible mistakes in diagnosis, the indications, and the errors in selecting

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