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March 19, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(12):318-320. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391370010002

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Treatment of Hernia by Subcutaneous Injection.  —At the meeting of the New York County Medical Society on December 27, Dr. W. B. De Garmo gave a brief history of the treatment of hernia by methods purporting to be subcutaneous, the object of all of which had been, up to the time of the publications of Heaton's method, to cause obliteration of the hernial sac. Heaton had been practicing his method, and obtaining many cures, since 1843, but he refused to make it known until 1877. Heaton made no attempt to destroy the hernial sac; the whole object of his operation was to so fortify the fibrous tissue surrounding the canal that protrusion would not occur. His method stood alone; it differed in every way from previous methods of subcutaneous treatment; the fluid injected was astringent and mildly irritant, and its action was brought to bear upon the muscular and tendinous

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