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November 7, 1896

OPERATION FOR THE CURE OF HERNIA VIEWED FROM A MEDICO-LEGAL STANDPOINT.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(19):979-981. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430970001001

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Abstract

The revision of the duties and obligations which the medical profession owe to their constituency must be made in every advancement of science. From this standpoint it is pertinent to inquire, if the demonstration of the easy and safe cure of hernia is not sufficiently ample to demand from our profession a revision of opinion, which only a brief period since would have been accepted as unquestionable? Few will deny that every sufferer from hernia, even in its less pronounced forms, is not alone incapacitated in a considerable degree for the discharge of certain duties incumbent upon a great variety of occupations, but also that there is a recognized life risk, incident to the individual. This has long been accepted in life insurance, examinations for the public service, etc. It is also conceded that, at the best, instrumental supports are disagreeable make-shifts, and that the usual history of the subject

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