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December 2, 1893

RESECTION OF THE RECTUM FOR MALIGNANT DISEASE AND UNION OF THE DIVIDED GUT WITH MURPHY'S BUTTON.From the Secretary's Report of a Meeting of the Cambridge Society for Medical Improvement.

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BOSTON, MASS.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(23):858. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420750028002h

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Abstract

At a recent meeting of the Cambridge Society for Medical Improvement, Dr. Marcy presented the following case:

W. S., aged 46, merchant. During the early part of the summer Mr. S. first noticed slight pain at stool followed by the discharge of a little bloody mucus. First seen late in July. Upon the anterior wall of the rectum fully two inches above the anus, there was situated a well defined growth of an irregular ovate shape, about an inch and a half in its longer diameter. The diagnosis of the disease appeared all too evident, but its location rendered surgical interference seemingly unwarranted. When again seen in September, the growth had completely surrounded the bowel and much suffering was experienced because of partial obstruction. Blood in considerable quantity was daily lost, and colotomy was at once advised. He entered the hospital September 12th, the operation being performed the same day

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