June 1937


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pathology and the Third (New York University) Surgical Division of the Bellevue Hospital and the Department of Pathology of the New York University College of Medicine.

Arch Surg. 1937;34(6):997-1009. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1937.01190120023002

MacCallum1 in 1906 reported a case of acute phlegmonous inflammation of the small intestine and reviewed reports of seven similar cases from the European literature. Since his article, the report of one other case has appeared in the American literature (Jones2), and it has been possible for us to collect and analyze reports of thirty-two additional cases of this disease that have been described in the foreign literature.

Two examples of this condition were recently seen at necropsy at the Bellevue Hospital. They are presented below, and the previously reported cases are reviewed.


Case 1.3  —J. M., a 46 year old white man, was admitted to the third medical division of the Bellevue Hospital on June 12, 1935. He was a vagrant and suffered from chronic alcoholism; his history was contradictory and unreliable. It was ascertained, however, that about twenty-four hours before his admission

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