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July 17, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(3):186-187. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680030050020

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The Fiftieth Anniversary of the German Surgical Society  In continuation of my report on the proceedings of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chirurgie, the fiftieth anniversary of which was celebrated in Berlin, April 7-10 (The Journal, June 19, p. 1926): Professor Nordmann of Berlin discussed the developments in surgery of the large intestine, during the past quarter century. The roentgen rays will often reveal severe injuries while the clinical picture still points to a harmless affection. Roentgenologic examination has corroborated what had already been discovered by clinical observations; namely, that in the intestine there is not only a normal peristaltic but also an antiperistaltic movement; furthermore, that the content of the large intestine does not pass through newly created anastomoses but that the physiologic peristalsis effects the onward movement of the fecal contents along the accustomed lanes. Anastomosis, therefore, is indicated only in the presence of an impermeable stenosis. Total or

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