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March 5, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(10):269-270. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391350017005

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Surgical writers, especially those using the English language, seem to have fallen into hopeless confusion, and a great deal of error, in regard to the meaning and use of the words resection and excision. This is most prominently seen in three very recent works on operative surgery, in which we read the following: "The terms excision, exsection, and resection may be applied without distinction to operations having for their object the removal of the articular extremities of bones, or of bones in part or whole" (Mears); "Excision of bone is a conservative operation, directed to the extraction of such portions of it as are inconsistent with the future usefulness or the symmetry of the part, together with the removal of the condition directly demanding the operation " (Bryant). By the latter excision is employed to the exclusion of resection, which is not used in connection with operations on bones. In a

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