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March 1923

THE RELATION BETWEEN OBLIQUE INGUINAL HERNIA AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION LAWS

Author Affiliations

Chief Surgeon, Moses Taylor Hospital, Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Company and Glen Alden Coal Company SCRANTON, PA.

Arch Surg. 1923;6(2):605-637. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1923.01110180182007
Abstract

I. INTRODUCTION  Berger, in the opening sentence of his well known monograph, goes far to explain the entire foundation of the voluminous discussion as to hernia and accidents when he says, "There is not an individual who, having a hernia, at the moment when he noticed its existence, did not at once attribute it to an accidental cause, most often to an effort."So we have a fixed idea inherent in the human race to combat, as well as the opinion of referees, boards and courts. Many surgeons believe that practically no hernias are of traumatic origin and that they should not be compensated; many labor leaders and social workers believe that all hernias are traumatic and that all should be compensated. The logic of the matter is just the same as it always is in the case of extremes, namely, that the truth lies somewhere between the two.The

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