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January 4, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(1):1-16. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410010013001

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ABDOMINAL SECTION FOR TRAUMATISM, WITH TABLES OF TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY-FOUR CASES.  Read in the Section of Surgery and Anatomy at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889.BY THOMAS S. K. MORTON, M.D.,PROFFESSOR OF CLINICAL SURGERY IN THE PHILADELPHIA POLYCLINIC, ETC., ETC., PHILADELPHIA.The term "abdominal section for traumatism" is meant to include all cases where the surgeon as a primary measure deliberately opens the abdomen or enlarges an already existent wound for the purpose of searching for intra peritoneal lesions, and, if they are proved to exist, of repairing them as far as possible, but in any case to cleanse the cavity and render it aseptic.In January, 1887, under the above heading, I presented to the Philadelphia County Medical Society, tables of fifty-seven cases and comments thereupon, as well as a number of unpublished case histories. In that paper, which was the

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