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I wish to report very briefly all of the cases that exhibited any postoperative pulmonary complications in the last thousand consecutive cases of abdominal section (including hernia) under the care of Dr. J. T. Bottomley and myself at the Carney Hospital. I have selected this number because it represents the period of work when our operative and nursing clinic has become better crystallized, because we are almost sure of our aseptic results and because the majority of our operations are performed under a better technical coordination than in the early, formative period of our work. I have read each history so that there should be no omissions.
Thirty-nine per cent. (387) of the operations were for appendicitis, 21 per cent. (209) for hernia, 19 per cent. (188) for pelvic lesions, 10 per cent. (106) for diseases of the liver and pancreas, 6 per cent. (57) for lesions of the stomach
MUNRO JC. A BRIEF CONSIDERATION OF THE PULMONARY COMPLICATIONS OF ONE THOUSAND LAPAROTOMIES. JAMA. 1909;LIII(6):425–426. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550060001001
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