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August 20, 1938

Introduction à la chirurgie digestive

JAMA. 1938;111(8):745. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790340081029

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This essay is one of the links in a chain of five introductions by the same author to various fields of surgery, the others being introduction to surgery of the nervous system, reconstructive, thoracic and genito-urinary surgery; it brings before the eyes of the reader the general problems of this special field by making excursions into the realms of diagnosis, therapeutics and technic. The noted surgeon Pierre Duval states in the preface that three periods may be distinguished in the surgery of the digestive tract: During the first an immediate success was the main goal of the surgeon; to attain it, more and more audacious procedures were devised. The second period was characterized by improvements in the technic for the purpose of restitution of anatomic perfection. During the present, or third period, attempts are being made to combine the anatomic with functional perfection; to accomplish this and to avoid so-called

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