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May 30, 1925

Diseases of the Rectum and Pelvic Colon.

JAMA. 1925;84(22):1687. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660480077028

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The first edition of this work (1913) was such an indifferent production that it seems incredible that another should be called for. There are the same faults—poor arrangement, diseases of the pelvic colon being jumbled up with those of the rectum and anus; incompleteness, foreign bodies in the rectum being included, but not wounds or ruptures; unevenness, sixty-two pages being allotted to operative treatment of malignant tumors, seven in the form of a quotation. Another eight-page quotation occurs in the chapter on hemorrhoids. We find no evidence for the statement in the preface that "the older material on operations and treatment of malignant disease, as well as the book throughout, have received careful revision." Thus, Bacon's operation for entero-anastomosis by a button in rectal stricture is resurrected after a sleep of thirty-odd years. It seems that undue reliance is placed on the technic of the late J. P. Tuttle. In

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