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March 5, 1910


Author Affiliations

Professor in the University of Cincinnati; Gynecologic Surgeon to Hospitals CINCINNATI

JAMA. 1910;LIV(10):753-756. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550360001001

My own experience for some time and that of other surgeons for longer periods indicate not only that ostiomatic operations on the intestinum cecum and the appendix vermiformis have already attained a considerable range of application, but that they are destined to be even more extensively employed especially as adjuncts of medical treatment in several very important diseased conditions. The application of these strictly surgical measures, now being undertaken with increasing frequency at the instance of strictly medical men for the purpose of assisting them in the treatment of hitherto intractable cases, seems, indeed, to be founded on very logical considerations. The practice is based primarily on a recognition of the fact that there are certain conditions which are strictly local to the colon and which are consequently better treated by measures addressed exclusive to the colon—the word "colon" being here employed to designate

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