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February 26, 1910


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JAMA. 1910;LIV(9):700-701. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550350001001i

Embolism of the mesenteric vessels is of unusual interest to the surgeon because of (1) its comparative rarity, (2) the extreme urgency of its symptoms and imperative demand for an early diagnosis, which is frequently difficult and often impossible, and (3) the difficulties attendant on its surgical treatment, which to a greater degree than most surgical problems demand that nicety of judgment and precision of technic acquired by only a few in the field of surgery. Considering these facts. I feel justified in reporting the following case:

History.  —Male, aged 26. Family and previous history negative except for an attack of rheumatism two years ago. His general health had been excellent and patient had followed his occupation as locomotive fireman every day. On the evening of September 30, after coming home from his work the patient ate a hearty supper, after which his bowels moved normally and

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