Notwithstanding the manifest soundness of the arguments in favor of operative interference in case of penetrating wounds of the abdomen, the weight of modern authority as indicated in the surgical text books is still against it, and it is only by the reports of cases where an actual test is made upon the human subject that the truth will ultimately prevail. The careful and conscientious experiments of Parkes upon dogs, while carrying conviction to the minds of many, are yet met by the masses with the objection so quaintly urged by Turner, that "the comparative anatomy is not a sufficient foundation for us to go upon, in taking experiments thence, cat's guts and man's being so widely different in their texture. We have many instances of these parts wounded in brute creatures, and after sewing up again, they have been let go to lick themselves whole on the outside, while
HAMILTON JB. PENETRATING PISTOL-SHOT WOUND OF ABDOMEN—LAPAROTOMY—SUTURE OF INTESTINES—PELVIC HEMATOMA—RECOVERY. JAMA. 1885;V(8):202–204. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391070001001b
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