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October 4, 1919

The Peritoneum.

JAMA. 1919;73(14):1081. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610400059033

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This is a study of the peritoneum in health and in disease, from the standpoint of the clinician as distinguished from that of the pathologist, the physiologist or the anatomist, so that although the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the peritoneum are given careful attention, we are never allowed to forget that the chief value of the known facts concerning each lies in their clinical application. The first volume deals largely with the abstract problems of the peritoneum; perhaps the most intersting chapters are those from V to IX on wound healing (the formation of fibrous tissue), the nature and genesis of peritoneal adhesions, the prevention of adhesions, changes in the circulation, and inflammatory reaction of the peritoneum—interesting, perhaps, because in them is presented, in clinical language, a summary of what might be termed general pathology of the peritoneum, a subject with which most men are not particularly familiar and

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