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April 19, 1890

SHORT NOTES ON THE SURGICAL DISEASES OF CHILDREN.Read in the Section of Diseases of Children, at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889.

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JAMA. 1890;XIV(16):560-563. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410160004001a

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What little I have to communicate upon the surgical diseases of children is based upon personal practical observation. It may not contain any very new information, but as we are all interested, it will add at least something to our collective treasure of knowledge and experience. As such I offer the following remarks, leaving out all theory, criticism and quotations.


Hare Lip.—For a single, simple hare lip, after having tried the various methods known, I operate now with the object of not losing or destroying any tissue if possible to prevent it. I insert a very fine needle knife and pierce through the lower margin of one corner of the lip, sweeping the knife around to the opposite corner, thus leaving a complete and continuous bridge between the two parts of the lips. (See Fig. I; dotted line indicates the incision.) I then pull it down (see Fig.

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