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March 2, 1901

The Student's Handbook of the Surgery of the Alimentary Canal.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(9):585. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470090049023

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This work is an abridged and amended edition of the author's treatise on the same subject published in 1896. Diseases of the mouth, fauces and pharynx are not considered. Hemorrhoids and fistulæ are considered outside the scope of the work. although polypi, and papillomata of the rectum, prolapsus ani and reetocele are included. Of rectocele he says: "The condition is one due to an injury sustained in childbirth which becomes exaggerated as a woman passes the menopause, and as the vagina is shortened in after life." It is certain no one would even recognize the condition by the definition, which describes almost anything except a rectocele.

The attempt to follow too closely the anatomic subdivisions of the canal has led to much repetition. This not only unnecessarily takes up much space which could be made use of to better advantage, but also often detracts from a clear conception of

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