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April 6, 1940

Diverticula and Diverticulitis of the Intestine: Their Pathology, Diagnosis, and Treatment

JAMA. 1940;114(14):1403. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810140103034

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This constitutes an achievement in writing, in original observation and in scientific manner of description. It is in substance the Jacksonian Prize Essay of the Royal College of Surgeons for the year 1932, revised and brought down to date. It reminds one of the rare and comprehensive thèses de Paris of earlier years, in which a subject was approached with an original point of view, expanded and propounded and exhaustively portrayed. The author, a surgeon of ability and experience, has the capacity of combining an abundant understanding of the physiology of the bowel with a good sense of pathology. In addition, his medical point of view is at all times one of common sense and good judgment, devoid of fixed opinions, flexible and open, which, combined with surgical experience, makes for a rounded whole.

As regards the etiology of intestinal diverticula, the author leans heavily on the acquired rather than

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