Few subjects are more attractive to the surgeon than that of hernia, whether viewed from the standpoint of pathology or that of surgical therapeutics. The ablest surgeons in past ages, as I shall presently show, devoted much of their attention to the subject, and although time has passed, and tome and thesis become dusty with age, and in many cases the theories themselves misty with the changes of time, and in others laid forever at rest by the solid anatomical facts hurled against them, there has been a golden thread of truth extending from the earliest time to our day. But this thread, however bright and shining, is only a thread; and while some things are proved concerning the guiding principles of the operation, yet the disease continues to affict mankind, and until the ushering in of antiseptic cleanliness in all operations, the weight of surgical opinion in our day
HAMILTON JB. ON THE RADICAL CURE OF INGUINAL HERNIA. A REVIEW OF THE EXISTING STATUS OF THE OPERATION, WITH REMARKS ON ITS PAST HISTORY. JAMA. 1886;VII(10):256–262. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250090004002
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