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February 16, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(7):448. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470070034007

Experimental operations on the gastro-intestinal tract have been long a favorite field for the investigator. The contributions to experimental intestinal surgery by Senn have exercised a marked stimulus on the workers in this field. The purpose of these investigations is an exceedingly practical one, namely, to lay a sound foundation for the complicated and difficult surgical measures necessary to meet the numerous and varying indications presented in curative abdominal surgery. Recently Reerink1 undertook to demonstrate whether large defects in the anterior wall of the stomach could be filled satisfactorily with implanted pieces of the intestine. For this purpose he excised a segment of the colon in dogs, reunited the divided ends of the colon, and sutured the piece of intestine, after laying it open, into a corresponding defect in the anterior wall of the stomach. After the first two or three mishaps he succeeded in securing firm fibrous union

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