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To the Editor:—
Would you kindly publish the following letter for medico-legal reasons?Your editorial, "The 'Burst Abdomen,'" states, "Dehiscence is preventable." (195:578, 1965). Does the writer imply that surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital is atrocious, as they failed to prevent wound dehiscence with a rate of 0.61% in all laparotomies? Surely it is unwise to lead young surgeons into the belief that they can prevent wound dehiscence, even when operating on old people.Sir, no surgeon can beat the Massachusetts General Hospital statistics; all surgeons should make the attempt!
Thompson WT. Surgery at the MGH. JAMA. 1966;196(1):106. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100140160053