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April 15, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(15):1157-1160. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500420001001

SURGICAL TUBERCULOSIS IN THE ABDOMINAL CAVITY WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO TUBERCULOUS PERITONITIS.*  WILLIAM J. MAYO, A.M., M.D.Surgeon to St. Mary's Hospital.ROCHESTER, MINN.The foundation of modern medicine lies in the scientific study of the dead. Postmortem revelations made possible our present knowledge, but we must not forget that it teaches terminal states and has led to that therapeutic skepticism which has been so prominent a feature of the last decade of medical thought.The reaction from this nihilistic tendency has come from the surgical side, which has permitted of an examination of diseased processes while in an early stage with corresponding possibilities of cure.There are many hard worked statistics handed down to us which are perfectly true in themselves but which are misleading in their general application. Among these are the statistics of Eisenhardt, who, in 1,000 subjects, dead from tuberculosis, examined in the Munich Pathological Institute,