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Mr. President and Members of the Southern Minnesota Medical Society: The rapid advance in abdominal surgery during the past ten years has brought the gall bladder into the field of operation, and in this time more definite knowledge in regard to its pathology and treatment has been gained than during the previous 160 years.
In 1733, Petit wrote the first of his classical essays, and during the succeeding ten years placed the pathology of gall bladder disease upon a sound basis far in advance of his time, but his work was little appreciated until recent years. With the anatomy of the gall bladder, its ducts and their relative position to the liver and duodenum, you are all familiar, and I will omit a description. The physiological function of the gall bladder is a mooted point —the commonly accepted belief is that it is a storehouse for bile to be discharged
MAYO WJ. SURGERY OF THE GALL BLADDER, CYSTIC AND COMMON DUCTS, WITH REPORT OF SEVEN CASES OPERATED UPON. JAMA. 1893;XXI(9):301–302. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420610013002b
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