The earliest experiences with the surgical treatment of ileitis seemed eminently satisfactory. They were based on a small series of cases, most of them uncomplicated terminal ileitis, with involvement of the last 8 to 12 inches of ileum. Resection was the usual method of procedure, the mortality of the operation seemed reasonable and the results apparently were satisfactory. Medical statistics founded on small units of cases are often misleading. The margin of error is great. The smaller the series, the greater is the likelihood of a swing in one direction or another, a variation that may lead to erroneous conclusions.
With the passage of time, now twelve years since the publication of the first paper mentioning ileitis or regional enteritis as a symptom complex, and with a much larger series of cases and much more maturity of experience and judgment, the time seems propitious to review the results of the
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