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The subject of properitoneal hernia is so little known in this country that I believe that there have been but three cases with this title recorded by American surgeons. One of these I reported to the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, December 6, 1886; the second was reported by Dr. Hartley, of New York, in the N. Y. Medical Record, about a week later; and the third by Dr. Torrey, of Brooklyn, in the Annals of Surgery, March, 1888.
For this reason I have thought it worth while to bring the subject before this body for consideration and discussion.
In studying the literature of properitoneal hernia I have come to the conclusion that very many cases must have come under the observation of American surgeons who did not classify them as they would have done had they understood them thoroughly. One reason for this conviction rests upon the titles which are
DULLES CW. PROPERITONEAL HERNIA. Read in the Section of Surgery and Anatomy at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the A merican Medical Association, held at Newport, June, 1889. JAMA. 1889;XIII(16):557–558. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401120015001b
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