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March 14, 1903

SOME RARE FORMS OF CHRONIC PERITONITIS.ASSOCIATED WITH PRODUCTIVE FIBROSIS AND HYALINE DEGENERATION.

Author Affiliations

Lecturer in Pathology, McGill University, and Assistant Pathologist to the Royal Victoria Hospital. MONTREAL.

JAMA. 1903;XL(11):696-701. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490110012001b
Abstract

In the discussion of the subject of peritonitis an element of confusion has been introduced owing to the loose way in which certain descriptive terms have been used. A confusion in the nomenclature leads inevitably to a confusion of ideas. We find that many writers of repute use terms such as "peritonitis," "perihepatitis" and "perisplenitis" to designate a condition in which fibrous bands of adhesion connect the various viscera or traverse serous cavities, even in the absence of any sign of accompanying active inflammation. While, of course, such adhesions are an evidence of an inflammatory process, they are the result of such a process rather than the process itself. Now a result can not be the cause; scar-tissue is not the wound, nor are fibrous adhesions inflammation. It is obviously then incorrect and misleading.to use a term like peritonitis to designate such a condition. We should prefer to restrict the

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