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May 28, 1938


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Surgery, University of Southern California School of Medicine and the Los Angeles General Hospital.

JAMA. 1938;110(22):1812-1813. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790220014006

In estimating the value of the injection treatment of hernia, a significant consideration is its adaptability to use by those who treat relatively few cases, and especially those who have not been accustomed to applying the surgical treatment for hernia. Because many such individuals are now treating hernia by the injection method, and because its extreme safety has been so strongly stressed by many writers, it seems justifiable to submit evidence to the contrary, in an effort to emphasize certain inherent dangers in the method. The ultimate status of the injection treatment will depend largely on the percentage of cures indicated by unbiased critical follow-up studies of not less than three year periods. At present such conclusions cannot be drawn.1 In the meantime considerable evidence should accrue regarding the more acute complications of the treatment. This report is a consideration of two deaths due to the injection of inguinal