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July 12, 1890

THE MEDICO-LEGAL ASPECT OF ABDOMINAL SECTION.Read in the Section of Medicai Jurisprudence, at the Forty-first Annual Meeting of the Atnerican Medical Association, Nashville, May, 1890.

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JAMA. 1890;XV(2):41-44. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410280001001

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A year ago I had the pleasure of presenting to the Section on Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children, American Medical Association, a paper on "Concealed Pregnancy, and its Relation to Abdominal Surgery." In the preparation of that paper considerable time was devoted to the compiling of a table of cases wherein abdominal section revealed an undiagnosticated pregnancy. This table is measurably complete, and journals, by extract, and summaries, have given a wide circulation to the paper and the table. While that table was in preparation, from letters and other sources, my attention was called to the medico-legal aspect of abdominal surgery, in its general relations, and to the probable testimony of expert witnesses in the cases where an action for malpractice is brought. For this, and the other reason that two American surgeons have already been compelled to plead to an indictment of manslaughter, it

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