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March 1952

FEMORAL HERNIAOperative Cases at the Johns Hopkins Hospital During a Twenty-One-Year Period

Author Affiliations

From the Surgical Department of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1952;64(3):298-306. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1952.01260010312005

FEMORAL hernia appears to be a rarer condition than most of us think. During the 21-year period from October, 1925, through December, 1946, there was a total of 139 patients with femoral hernia operated on in the Johns Hopkins Hospital. During the same period, there were 316,525 patients admitted to the hospital, exclusive of newborn babes. This meant 1 operation for femoral hernia for every 2,277 admissions. The cases in which a diagnosis of femoral hernia was made but no operation performed (relatively few) are not considered in this paper. McClure and Fallis1 report 90 operations performed at the Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, in a 20-year period during which there were 241,037 admissions. This means 1 femoral hernia operation for every 2,678 admissions—fewer proportionately than at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. This figure may be explained by the fact that the hospital census at the Johns Hopkins Hospital probably represents

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