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Clinical reports possess a peculiar value to practitioners of medicine as attesting the absolute results of treatment. The four cases here reported illustrate as many distinct and separate conditions of disease, in which none other than radical surgical treatment can avail. These cases occurred in my practice during one week; the four operations having been performed within six days. In all the cases the indications for operation were absolute and urgent; they passed into easy convalescence without untoward symptoms of any kind, and have made complete and perfect recovery. In Case 4 the operation was followed by pronounced shock, from which the patient rallied in a few hours. All are now in the enjoyment of perfect health three months after operation.
The object of this report is to illustrate the indications for operation in grave conditions of disease formerly imperfectly understood, and to demonstrate the safety of operative treatment, promptly
McMURTRY LS. A REPORT OF FOUR ILLUSTRATIVE ABDOMINAL SECTIONS. JAMA. 1895;XXIV(14):508–510. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430140004002
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