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April 6, 1935

Prolapsus du rectum: Etude clinique, traitement, résultats éloignés

JAMA. 1935;104(14):1270. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760140074031

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This monograph, by a former assistant of Professor Hartmann, reviews the subject of prolapse of the rectum from the year 1903, when Lenormant's thesis on the same subject was published. The work is well printed and illustrated and has a large bibliography. The various types of prolapse and the pathologic and anatomic factors favoring their origin are those commonly accepted and described in all textbooks. A great variety of methods of treatment are described and illustrated, and in many instances mortality figures and end results are given. Unless one had had considerable personal experience in selection of the method of treatment, the variety of suggestions would be confusing. Cauterization, injection of sclerosing substances, methods of excision and suspension and plastic operations on the perineum are all considered under operative treatment. Many case reports illustrate the methods used. The conclusions of the author are excellent and are the only truly authoritative

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