November 1925


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By THORKILD ROVSING. Price, 20 francs. Paris: Masson & Cie.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1925;36(5):749. doi:10.1001/archinte.1925.00120170158013

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This work originally appeared in Danish in 1922, and this French translation is made for the purpose of giving the theories of the author wider publicity. It is frankly a piece of special pleading and as such is ably done, but can hardly be said to be a fair or systematic review of our knowledge of the pathogenesis of gallstones.

The first part of the book is taken up with a critique of the studies of Naunyn and his collaborators on the rôle of infection in the production of calculi. Rovsing is unable to accept any theory that sepsis or biliary stasis are etiologic factors, mainly for the reason that no adequate experimental basis can be offered for this theory. Enterogenous infection is mainly discussed and no mention is made of the work of Rosenow in the production of calculi by the intravenous injection of bacteria.

Aschoff and his school

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