The triumphs which surgery has achieved over certain diseases of the stomach comprise one of the most useful and gratifying experiences which has crowned the efforts of our profession in the last decade. It has demonstrated anew that, as the hand-maiden of medicine, surgery is ever widening the limits of its helpfulness and adding new luster to its already brilliant achievements.
The stomach is probably the most important viscus in the body from a surgical standpoint. It is more prone to pathologic changes that can be relieved by operation than any other portion of the alimentary tract, save its terminus. Interference with its functions are attended with the most distressing and serious results. The relative safety with which it can be exposed and manipulated goes far to render it attractive for needed surgical exploration. Its thick walls and peritoneal investment make it well adapted to suturing, and wounds and incisions
HAGGARD WD. THE PRESENT STATUS OF THE SURGERY OF THE STOMACH. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(4):239–243. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510310001001
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