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September 5, 1914


Author Affiliations

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery, University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine; Surgeon, Toronto General Hospital

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(10):842-845. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570100028009

Retroperitoneal hernia is not a common condition, but it occurs with sufficient frequency to warrant a very careful study of its cause, the symptoms it may produce and its treatment. A critical analysis of the whole subject will be found in the monograph written by Sir Berkeley Moynihan entitled "On Retroperitoneal Hernia," a second edition of which was written in collaboration with Mr. J. F. Dobson in 1906. This work contains a very complete bibliography, and the author has narrated in detail many of the cases which have been recorded in the literature. The etiologic factor responsible for the production of this class of hernia has, in the vast majority of instances, been demonstrated to exist in the numerous peritoneal folds and fossae which are produced in the normal development of the intestinal tract and its serous covering. These folds and fossae are formed mainly in four distinct regions. They

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