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February 18, 1893

Diseases of the Rectum.

JAMA. 1893;XX(7):193. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420340027012

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It is with pleasure that we announce the appearance of this classical work. As was to be expected from the pioneer in rectal surgery in America, Dr. Matthews has given us the best book extant on his special branch of surgery. The author has certainly shown that his pen is as gifted as his tongue. The preeminent qualifications of the work under consideration is its practicability and originality of method.

Dr. Matthews does not appear to have much faith in the efficacy and safety of the treatment of hemorrhoids by carbolic acid. It is a question in the mind of the writer, whether it is not the abuse, rather than the use of this method that is open to criticism. The operating surgeon is likely to despise all but operative methods. There are several specialists who operate only exceptionally, yet are doing most excellent work by local applications of astringent

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