January 1924


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By B. B. Vincent Lyon, A.B., M.D., Chief of Clinic, Gastro-Intestinal Department of the Jefferson Medical College; Attending Physician (formerly pathologist) to the Methodist Episcopal Hospital, Philadelphia. Cloth. Price $10.00. Pp. 640, with 175 engravings and 10 colored plates. Philadelphia: Lea and Febiger, 1923.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1924;33(1):155. doi:10.1001/archinte.1924.00110250158016

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This volume presents in a detailed manner the author's extensive investigation of the diagnostic and therapeutic value of the nonsurgical drainage of the gall tract. Following an excellent chapter on the anatomy of the biliary system, the author devotes sections to a discussion of the fundamental principles on which the method is based; namely, the theoretical "law of contrary innervation" of S. J. Meltzer, and to a critical review of experimental work tending to cast doubt on the soundness of this underlying principle.

The technic of medical drainage of the gall tract is given in detail as well as the author's indications for its use in various pathologic and functional conditions. Numerous case protocols are appended to illustrate the employment of the procedure in the diagnosis and treatment of gall tract disease and other conditions in which its use depends on less well defined indications. Several of these protocols report

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