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November 11, 1911

Clinical Lectures on the Acute Abdomen.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(20):1638. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260110138038

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These lectures are collected to make seven chapters: I, The Influence of the Appendix Vermiformis and Its Diseases. II, The Treatment of Acute Appendicitis with Peritonitis. III, Pathologic Perforations of the Digestive Tract. IV, Acute Intestinal Obstruction. V, Diseases of the Female Generative Organs. VI, Some of the More Rare Causes of the Acute Abdomen. VII, Some Neuroses Which May Cause Symptoms of Urgency. Many of the conditions discussed are illustrated by case reports, thus adding to the value of the text. Where operation is indicated, the procedure particulary adapted to the operation. The auther repeatedly emphasizes his preference for silk sutures and ligatures. He believes that catgut should not be used in acute abdominal cases because it is apt to soften and yield too quickly. He always uses silk.

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