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November 28, 1885


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JAMA. 1885;V(22):598-600. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391210010002b

I do not propose to enter into an exhaustive discussion of the subject of this paper. Nor do I deem it at all necessary, at this time, to deal too minutely with a subject so generally understood by all physicians and surgeons as abscess of the liver. But in justification, somewhat, for the present detail I will say this, that the inexperienced upon this subject will find very little to comfort or console them by searching our standard authorities. They all state that this is a disease that prevails in Egypt, in the East and West Indies; and one author states that it is occasionally seen in the boatmen of the Mississippi River.

That it does exist, and exists in sufficient abundance, all up and down our Southern water-courses and other places where miasma abounds, is a truth that cannot be questioned, and urges every practitioner to ever be on

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