That hernia may be safely cured by surgical intervention is now recognized as one of the special triumphs of modern aseptic surgery. It is scarcely more than a decade since the profession in general discountenanced operation except under very restricted limitations, and the records of all our general hospitals are replete with long series of cases followed by dire disaster, owing to delay in operation for the relief of strangulated intestines in which now a speedy cure would ensue by prompt surgical intervention.
It is not the purpose of this paper to discuss the history of modern operations or the various methods of prominent surgeons, but rather that we may eliminate the non-essentials and emphasize the really important factors which must pertain in order to effect a cure. All forms of hernia except that of the inguinal in the male may be dismissed with the simple statement that they consist
MARCY HO. THE ESSENTIAL FACTORS FOR THE CURE OF HERNIA IN THE MALE.. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(25):1599–1604. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620510007001b