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Of the various operations for the radical cure of inguinal hernia, I believe it is generally agreed that those of Bassini and Halsted respectively are the best; as to the choice between these two methods there is some difference of opinion.
Unquestionably the method of Bassini comes nearer to restoring the tissues to their original condition and relations before they were stretched and distorted by the protruding viscus than any other operation now before the profession, and the number of relapses following this operation when carefully done is probably less than from any other.
Halsted's method has the appearance of strengthening a naturally weak place in the abdominal wall by increasing its thickness beneath the cord by the addition of the aponeurosis of the external oblique and some fibers of the internal oblique and transversalis muscles, but he brings the cord straight through the entire thickness of the abdominal wall
VAUGHAN GT. A NEW OPERATION FOR THE RADICAL CURE OF INGUINAL HERNIA.. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(4):210-211. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430820038003h