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February 20, 1926

Clinical Researches in Acute Abdominal Disease.

JAMA. 1926;86(8):574. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670340052033

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This comprises "for the most part an expansion of the Arris and Gale lecture at the Royal College of Surgeons in 1922 and published in the Lancet the same year." The first chapter is devoted exclusively to a theoretical discussion on the scope of clinical research. Next is a consideration of the localization of abdominal pain through the function of the parietal peritoneum. This chapter mentions the old discussion relative to the presence or absence of nerves in the peritoneum, which has been decided in favor of the former. Following a consideration of muscular rigidity is a considerable number of pages on abdominal cutaneous hyperesthesia. The hyperesthetic areas are discovered by means of an ordinary pin held at a definite angle. The author furnishes a number of illustrations depicting the size of the sensitive zone in each of a number of pathologic processes. The next item is a consideration of

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