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When a book has reached its sixth edition it has passed beyond ordinary criticism. We can only note changes, and satisfy ourselves by reference that recent literature has been considered. In this respect the sixth edition of Allingham is not disappointing. In the treatment of internal hemorrhoids the Messrs. Allingham still prefer the ligature as a rule. They however give a careful review of other methods. In regard to injection by carbolic acid and other substances, they quote with approval, Matthews and Andrews, and say: "For our own part we agree with Dr. Matthews. We have tried the injection plan in many cases, but there was generally much pain, more inflammation than was desirable, a lengthy treatment and the result doubtful—certainly not a radical cure. For it must be borne in mind that though the injection of carbolic acid into the interior of piles may in some instances stop the
The Diagnosis and Treatment of the Diseases of the Rectum, Being a Practical Treatise on Fistula, Piles, Fissure and Painful Ulcer, Procidentia, Polypus, Stricture, Cancer, etc.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(25):1243-1244. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430770045027