Every surgeon of experience has been impressed by the fact that certain patients are apt to form extensive adhesions following the simplest operation, done under perfect aseptic conditions, while other patients fail to form adhesions no matter how much the traumatism, nor how imperfect the technic. He has also found that certain patients will seemingly withstand a great amount of sepsis, while others die from very slight infections.
I have done a great deal of experimental work in the abdomens of both hogs and dogs, and have been impressed by the fact that hogs form extensive adhesions with the slightest provocation, while dogs do not form extensive adhesions as a rule. I have been equally impressed by the fact that hogs rarely die of sepsis, while dogs are very susceptible to infection, as proved by the fact that the farmer unsexes his sows without any preparation; without even washing his
COFFEY RC. ABDOMINAL ADHESIONS. JAMA. 1913;61(22):1952–1957. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350230006003
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