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January 15, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(3):205-207. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550290003002g

Diverticula of the intestines are without doubt more frequent in occurrence and more important from a clinical standpoint than is generally realized. Although statistics on this matter do not exist to any extent, yet it is evident from the few figures available that this condition is by no means rare.

By diverticula are understood localized dilatations of the intestinal wall. These are naturally subdivided into two varieties, the congenital and the acquired, the former being particularly well recognized. Meckel's diverticulum and the appendix (if it be so regarded) have been studied for many years; their embryology, anatomy, physiology and pathology have been dealt with voluminously. Consequently they will not be discussed here.

It is the acquired variety, however, that is at present attracting much attention, its importance having been understood only within the past few years. This type is supposed to occur toward adult life, as it has not been described as having been found in childhood.

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