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November 5, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(19):1615-1616. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740710059025

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International Congress on Biliary Lithiasis  The Congrès international de la lithiase biliaire, which was held at Vichy, last month, was a success. The attendance was 1.400, including twenty-seven delegates from foreign countries. Mr. Justin Godart, the minister of public health, and most of the honorary presidents attended the opening session: von Bergmann, Berlin; Charles Gordon Heyd, New York; Hijmans van den Bergh, Utrecht; Marañon, Madrid; Sanarelli, Rome; Achard and Hartmann, Paris.

SEQUELS OF CHOLECYSTECTOMY  Mr. John V. Donnet, who presented the first topic, "The Sequels of Cholecystectomy," described the disorders produced by cholecystectomy and concluded that removal of the gallbladder is not justified unless its function is greatly impaired. Wilkie, in another paper, described the conditions that may justify an operation: acute obstruction of the gallbladder, chronic biliary colic, dyspepsia, remote toxic disorders. In his opinion, cholecystectomy entails only slight risks and generally gives excellent results. In 650 cases, he

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