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January 9, 1886

LETTER FROM NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1886;VI(2):53-56. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250010061012

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Abstract

The Indications for Laparotomy in Penetrating Stab and Shot Wounds of the Abdomen—Vaginal and Vulvar Enterocele.

The last meeting of the Surgical Section of the Academy of Medicine, held December 14, was one of unusual interest. The subject for discussion was, The Indications for Laparotomy in Penetrating Stab and Shot Wounds of the Abdomen, and several prominent surgeons and gynecologists took part in the debate. It was opened by Dr. Joseph D. Bryant, who went over the ground more carefully and systematically than any of the other speakers. Taking for his text the dictum: "Laparotomy should be performed in all cases and immediately after the accident," he said that he who unconditionally asserts that any operation or method of procedure should be performed in all cases, even though it be a measure accepted by the profession generally, takes a position which requires, in justice to the profession and the

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