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February 1911


Am J Dis Child. 1911;I(2):85-94. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1911.04100020002001

REVIEW OF LITERATURE  Reports of post-mortem findings showing pyloric stenosis with hypertrophy of the musculature, which was believed to be congenital, are found in the literature as early as 1841. Osler and Scudder accept references even much earlier. Landerer collected reports of ten such cases in 1879. and later Maier reported twenty-one cases found by himself in the dead-house. None of these was in an infant. In 1887 Hirschsprung of Copenhagen reported two cases in infants, and practically placed the condition in the category of recognized pathologic lesions. Since that time a considerable literature on the subject has developed.In 1896 F. Schweyzer1 first suggested operative treatment for the relief of the obstruction either by divulsion or gastro-enterostomy.In 1897 Stern2 operated on the first patient with unfortunately a fatal result. In 1898 Willy Meyer operated, using a Murphy button, also with a fatal termination. In 1898 Lobker