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July 13, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(2):89-93. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810280001001

Eight years has elapsed since Davis1 first presented his paper on resection before the annual meeting of the American Medical Association in 1932. During this time a voluminous literature has been built up that has dealt with all phases of the subject. Enough time, it would seem, has elapsed so that a summary of the present status of resection is in order; if further justification were needed for the summary, the undeniable fact that a complete change of view has been effected during this time should give us pause.

During the early phase of the subject many articles dealt with the reasons why the procedure could not withstand the test of time and why it was not a sound one. Gradually an increasing number of articles dealing with the bad functional results were written, and attention was called to the number of complications.

As one might reasonably expect with