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June 29, 1907

Retroperitoneal Hernia, Being the Arris and Gale Lectures on the Anatomy and Surgery of the Peritoneal Fossæ, delivered at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1887.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(26):2203. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520520033021

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This review of a somewhat obscure subject in surgery was made some years ago, but the progress of investigation has necessitated an extension and in part a rewriting of the work. The book discusses the development of the intestinal canal and the peritoneum, the duodenal folds and fossa, the cecum and vermiform appendix, the inter-sigmoid fossa and hernia of the lesser peritoneal sac. Each chapter gives first the anatomic researches into the various folds and fossæ which give opportunity for the formation of hernia and then a clinical description of the various forms of retroperitoneal herniæ. The subject has its practical aspect, since the diagnosis of some of these rare herniæ may clear up obscure symptoms of disease of the digestive tract and, if a diagnosis can be made, there is hope in some cases of successful surgical treatment.

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