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April 11, 1914

Acute Abdominal Diseases, Including Abdominal Injuries and the Complications of External Hernia.

JAMA. 1914;LXII(15):1192. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560400060034

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In this small volume the authors have attempted to cover a rather wide range of subjects from the anatomy and diseases of the abdomen to diseases which may simulate acute abdominal lesions; hence some of the matter is quite elementary in character. The description of the location of the stomach seems to have been based on findings of the dissecting-room rather than on the findings of modern Roentgen examinations. The English method of operating on patients in their homes rather than in hospitals is advised, and chloroform is given as the anesthetic of choice, notwithstanding the fact that it has yielded to the safer ether and other methods in almost all other countries. One point of considerable importance is well brought out in connection with the etiology of obstruction of the bowel. A careful analysis of 500 cases of obstruction admitted to St. Thomas' Hospital in which a correct anatomic

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