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October 15, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(16):1111-1117. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500160001d

That the Chairman of the Section on Practice of Medicine has called on two of his surgical colleagues to prepare papers on the diagnosis and the treatment of gallstone disease which, but a very few years ago, was considered entirely within the domain of internal medicine, is suggestive of the change which has taken place in medical thought and practice and of the better understanding which has risen between the internists and the surgeon. The growing tendency to place these diseases of the gall bladder and bile ducts within the category of surgical affections is due largely, perhaps, to the very effective work of surgeons in extending the knowledge of the pathology of these diseases, by recording the conditions directly observed on the living, and by comparing these with the symptoms manifested in each case. In this way not only has the pathology to an

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