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December 30, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(27):1011-1012. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420790019005

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The American Journal of Obstetrics for December contains a paper read before the Pan-American Congress by Dr. James F. W. Ross of Toronto, on "The Omentum and the Rôle it plays in Operative Work upon the Abdomen." It is strange that an organ so important to the surgeon should be so little studied and its function so little understood. It may be that its long-suffering nature—permitting itself to be lacerated and imposed upon in so many ways by the hands of the operator—has led to its neglect, except so far as the danger of hemorrhage is concerned. The vessels once tied and the lacerated portions removed, the surgeon thinks no more of it. Indeed, in the majority of text-books it is passed over with the meager statement that its probable function is to protect the viscera and facilitate the movements of the coils of intestine.

That it must have some

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