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March 13, 1909

The Rectum, Its Diseases and Developmental Defects.

JAMA. 1909;LII(11):912-913. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540370070026

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The book is based on the Lane Lectures on Diseases of the Rectum delivered in San Francisco in 1902 and on the Erasmus Wilson Lectures on Adenoma and Adenocarcinoma of the Rectum delivered at the Royal College of Surgeons, England, in 1903. Chapter 1, dealing with the anatomy of the rectum and anus, deserves especial mention. The morphology and relations of the rectum and anal canal are given in a manner rare even in large special surgeries. The figures accompanying the text are clear. The chapter devoted to fistula is suggestive, and the classification of fistulas is more correct and self-explanatory than such classifications usually are. The operation performed by Professor Ball—that of suture after the connective tissue wall of the fistula has been thoroughly curetted away—has fallen into disuse in America, notwithstanding that it was devised by Dr. Stephen Smith and its efficacy fully demonstrated.

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