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March 1, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(9):309-310. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410090021002

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Resection of the Intestine.  Czerny, of Heidelberg, reports (Centralblatt für Chirurgie) a series of twenty-one cases in which he has performed resection of the intestine. Of these eight died. Inasmuch as double resection was performed four times (with two deaths and two recoveries) and in one instance five tubercular fistulæ were closed the results of operation are seen to be improving greatly for these cases must be regarded as unusual. Although the results set forth are better than the general average for these operations the reporter does not doubt that intestinal resection in the hands of a skilful operator will exhibit a similar progress to that made by Spencer Wells in the case of ovariotomy. With improvement in the results obtained the indications for the operation will multiply, and these are more likely to present themselves than are the indications for the removal of the ovary. Although accident plays a

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