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March 28, 1896

Clinical Lectures of Abdominal Surgery and Other Subjects.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(13):637. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430650039016

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The editing of a posthumous book is attended with many disadvantages, one of the most serious of which is the fact that owing to the rapid changes and new discoveries, our pathology is constantly being revised, and a man's remarks when kept five years may be of a character quite out of touch with the current literature. On the other hand, should the editor interpolate, alter or much change, the work then becomes a joint production. Under the circumstances, Dr. Ochsner has chosen, we think wisely, to preserve as much as possible of the language of the author. The many friends of the lamented Parkes will notice with pleasure that his now classic paper on gunshot wounds of the small intestines, read before the American Medical Association in May, 1884 (see Journal 1884), is reprinted here for permanent preservation. But the reputation of Professor Parkes as a surgeon, a lecturer

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