Notwithstanding the fact that modern surgery has brought the mortality rate from obstruction of the bowels down from 95 to 60 per cent., it continues to be one of the most desperate conditions the surgeon is called on to treat, and every experience and observation which will help us to reduce this mortality still lower should be welcome.
This subject has been so well written up by Fitz,1 Kammerer,2 and Halsted,3 that it is necessary to dwell but very briefly on the history and pathologic anatomy as an introduction to the report of my three cases.
Meckel's diverticulum is a diverticulum of the ileum and is a portion of the unobliterated omphalo-mesenteric canal of fetal life. Although it bears Meckel's name, it was first described by Ruysch in 1701, while Meckel's article did not appear until 1809. From the fourth to the sixth week of fetal life
MOORE JE. OBSTRUCTION OF THE BOWELS FROM MECKEL'S DIVERTICULUM.. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(14):810–813. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480400004001a
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