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December 1939


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pathology, Pathological Institute, McGill University, and the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1939;39(6):1031-1040. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1939.01200180132013

There has always been considerable interest in benign tumors of the small intestine because of their extraordinary infrequency and the serious or even fatal complications which may be associated with them. Kassemeyer1 in 1912 was able to collect 78 cases of benign tumor of the small bowel from a total of 284 cases of benign tumor of the gastrointestinal tract as a whole. King2 in 1917 reviewed the literature and reported 50 cases of benign tumor of the small intestine. Raiford3 in 1932 collected 50 cases in a study of 11,500 autopsies and 45,000 surgical specimens at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Rankin and Newell4 in 1933 were able to find only 35 cases in the records of the Mayo Clinic. The cause of such tumors and the reasons for their infrequency have never been satisfactorily explained, although Raiford stated the belief that the unsusceptibility of the

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