The opinions advanced in this paper are based on a study of the literature of the subject and a personal experience in the operative treatment of twelve cases. The time and the occasion make it incumbent on me to express myself concisely. No attempt, therefore, is made to explain in detail the reasoning nor the observations on which the opinions are based.
VARIOUS CURATIVE AGENCIES.
All forms of tuberculous peritonitis have been known to recover under medical treatment alone. All recoveries from tuberculosis of the peritoneum which follow operation can not be said to be due to the operation. The percentage of cures following operation is probably not so high as one is led to believe by the statistics of operators. The mortality of operation per se is not underestimated.Celiotomy has a decidedlv curative effect. This effect is due, not to any single cause, but to several. There is
PORTER MF. TREATMENT OF TUBERCULAR PERITONITIS. WITH THE REPORT OF A UNIQUE CASE. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(11):601–604. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480370009001b
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