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July 25, 1931

DECOMPENSATED PORTAL CIRRHOSIS: REPORT OF ONE HUNDRED AND TWELVE CASES

JAMA. 1931;97(4):237-244. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730040019008
Abstract

CLINICAL FEATURES OF THE ASCITIC STAGE OF CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER  By Dr. SnellThe association of ascites with lesions of the liver seems to have been known since the earliest times and was apparently recognized by Vesalius, Harvey, and Morgagni.1 One of the first known descriptive drawings of cirrhosis was by John Brown2 who, in 1685, described a case under the title "A Human Liver Appearing Glandulous to the Eye" (fig. 1). Matthew Baillie3 gave a good gross description in "Morbid Anatomy," and also noted the frequency of dilated superficial venous channels in the presence of dropsy. Legg4 called attention to a description of cirrhosis published by John Andree,5 in 1788, who wrote as follows: "Another kind of indurated and diminished liver which I have also met with, is that in which its surface is raised in half-rounded eminences, appearing like granulations, covered with

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