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July 9, 1938

Megacolon und Megacystis: Entstehung, Erkennung und Behandlung

JAMA. 1938;111(2):194. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790280084023

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This is an attractive volume on megacolon and on the large bladder, which in rare cases is found associated with megacolon. Passler has seen the association in three cases and has found reports of some eighteen cases in the literature. The large bladder is likely to be seen only with those cases in which the whole colon, including the rectum, is involved. Passler first reviews the important points in the anatomy, embryology and innervation of the colon and the bladder. He then discusses Hirschsprung's disease in its various aspects. The book is well written and well illustrated. There is much on the surgical treatment of the disease not only by Passler but by many surgeons who have worked in this field. Table 4 shows that of 117 patients with apparently idiopathic megacolon operated on by neurosurgeons thirty-eight were cured, sixty-four were improved and twelve were not helped. Three died sometime

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