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November 9, 1889

IS SENN'S GAS TEST INFALLIBLE AND ALWAYS DEVOID OF DANGER? TWO CASES OF SHOT WOUNDS. CONCLUSIONS.Read before the Mississippi Valley Medical Association, at its meeting at Evansville, Ind., September 11, 1889.

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SUPERINTENDENT CITY HOSPITAL, ST. LOUIS.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(19):665-668. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401150015001c

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Abstract

I report to-day one case of laparotomy for shot wound, and another in which an operation ought to have been performed, and would have been, had I not been deterred on account of the failure of the Senn method, being led thereby to believe that the intestines were intact. It is not always pleasant to report our failures, but believing it a duty we owe the profession, in order that our statistics may be reliable, I have made it a rule to report all my failures as well as successes in abdominal surgery.

It is true this course may subject me to criticism owing to some sins of omission or commission, but as criticism will teach me wherein I have erred, I shall still be the gainer. Should the criticism be unjust, I trust it will proceed from him only who has never made a mistake in surgery. This apologetic

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