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April 22, 1968


JAMA. 1968;204(4):329-330. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140170045012

An illustrious group of surgeon-anatomists is associated with the radical repair of inguinal hernia; Bassini of Padua is the outstanding member. Camper of Franeker and Gröningen, Scarpa of Pavia, Hesselbach of Würzburg, and Astley Cooper of London each gave the hernia special and anatomical treatment, but each was handicapped in practice by inadequate anesthesia or by postoperative sepsis in the pre-Listerian era. Bassini's technical improvements in the late 1880's, however, comprised the steps for a radical cure clearly defined and achieved through satisfactory anesthesia and control of infection.1 Marcy of Boston deserves mention, for he advocated ample exposure of the subcutaneous inguinal ring and restoration of the obliquity of the inguinal canal. Halsted of Baltimore agreed with Bassini after less satisfactory procedures were tried and abandoned. Lotheissen of Vienna and Andrews and Ferguson of Chicago were also interested in inguinal hernia before the end of the century and are