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November 2, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XIII(18):639. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401140025005

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Considerable attention is being directed, of late, to the treatment of spina bifida (id est, hydrorrhachis) by means of excision of the sac of the tumor. This is distinctly a reversion to first principles, inasmuch as the operation is by no means a new one, and has for many years past been discountenanced by the authorities as unproductive of the best results. But, like many another surgical procedure that has long since been laid away on the shelf, it bids fair to be freed from its venerable dust and appear again with new lustre. There are times, no doubt, when we all wish we were surgeons to take our part in the mighty innovations of modern surgery which are so rapidly removing the opprobria of our art; but whether we are surgeons or not, we take a just pride in the promotion of medical science, and hail with pleasure every

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