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April 18, 1931


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JAMA. 1931;96(16):1293-1295. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720420017006

The surgeon is often called on to wander in the upper abdomen and find the cause of the patient's failure to get well under medical treatment. Not infrequently in this study of the pathology of the living he finds what has been described as hepatitis. While the term "hepatitis" is perhaps not well chosen for certain conditions, for others it describes the state of affairs with considerable exactness. Just what is included under the term hepatitis will be described later. In order to make the finer distinctions in this form of pathologic changes of the liver, it is the custom in our clinic to consult with the staff, particularly with the pathologist, and thus obtain an interpretation of the lesion and its background from the pathologist's point of view. Besides this, the pathologist is often given a sliver of liver removed in taking out the gallbladder, and thus the gross

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