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The growing vogue of office or "ambulant" methods of treatment of rectal diseases is largely due to the improvement in technic of local and regional anesthesia, which makes possible the performance of slight operations without confining the patient to bed, or, what appears to be of more importance to-day, without keeping him from business It would seem that the hitherto well-established belief that rest was beneficial to patients after surgical operations must give way to the high pressure of modern life.
The author, after lamenting the lack of proper instruction of the medical profession in the matter of diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the rectum, makes roseate claims for the consideration of his specialty by the general practitioner as follows: "There is no specialty in medicine in which the material is so plentiful, the indications for treatment more clearly defined, the results more generally satisfactory, the patients more uniformly
A Practical Treatise on Rectal Diseases: Their Diagnosis and TREATMENT.. JAMA. 1910;LIV(8):640–641. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550340062026
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