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February 11, 1888

The Rectum and Anus Their Diseases and Treatment.

JAMA. 1888;X(6):188. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400320028010

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This is a systematic and complete treatise of over 400 pages, well illustrated, and brought down to the present in point of all important improvements. Considered as a whole the work is much more fully elaborated than either Allingham's, Curling's, or Kelsey's, although apparently not a large treatise, being printed after the custom of the Lea Brothers, in compact form, on thin paper. Little attention is given to the injection treatment of hemorrhoids, which the author speaks very slightingly of. The same may be said of various other methods of the American "rectal specialists." Without directly intending it, probably, the author very neatly pricks the pretentions of those that claim originality for the discovery of rectal "pockets" by giving quite a complete summary of the pathology and treatment as practiced by many surgeons in ulcerations of these pouches. Not only does it appear that these were anatomically very well known,

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