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April 23, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(17):1085. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490620027014

There seems no reason now why patients, and especially young patients, should any longer be discouraged from having radical operations for hernia done, and encouraged to wear trusses with all the danger and inconvenience and discomfort that this form of treatment entails. There are still many physicians, however, who seem to feel that operation should not be suggested, and who perhaps have not fully realized what is the present position of surgery in this matter. In the last number of the International Medical Annual,1 Dr. Mayo Robson, the distinguished English surgeon, reviews the statistics of a number of operators for the radical cure of hernia, and shows very clearly how favorable have been the results immediate and eventual of operation. In Johns Hopkins Hospital there was only one death in 459 operations. In Carle's clinic in Rome, two deaths in over 1,400 operations. In the Vienna clinic, three deaths