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May 19, 1951

INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION IN THE NEWBORN AND THE INFANT: DIAGNOSIS AND SURGICAL MANAGEMENT

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Minneapolis

JAMA. 1951;146(3):236-240. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670030014006
Abstract

The past decade has brought rapid strides and real progress in the recognition of intestinal obstruction in the newborn. Surgical intervention, instituted at the proper time, is saving more of these babies every year. Not only has our diagnostic ability been stepped up, but we have also been greatly benefited by the splendid progress that is being made in pediatric roentgenology. The work of Newhauser and Caffey in pioneering the field of pediatric roentgenology is setting a splendid example for all medical schools, and I am sure that a place must be made for such appointments on all our faculties. Pediatric pathology is likewise making rapid strides under Farber and surely, before long, must be integrated into our pathology and pediatric departments.

The gas pattern of the intestinal tract of the full term newborn infant has been studied and plotted, giving us for the first time factual knowledge regarding the

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