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June 17, 1893

ADDRESS ON GENERAL SURGERY—SURGICAL PROBLEMS.DRAINAGE—RADICAL CURE OF HERNIA BY OPERATION—APPENDICITIS. Delivered before the American Medical Association at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting held in Milwaukee, June, 1893.

JAMA. 1893;XX(24):661-666. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.12420510011001c

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Abstract

The exact clinical value of surgical procedures can not be determined by individual opinion, and statistics are often misleading. New ideas are quickly tested in the hope that they may solve some of the old problems. However brilliant new theories in surgery may appear, they often find very narrow limits in the practical work of the surgeon. Many of you are not surgeons, yet every one is interested in surgery and its problems.

Old questions—of universal interest and general importance still have their lines of use and abuse ill defined.

The authoritative teaching of many surgical writers suggest that all surgical problems are either satisfactorily solved or will soon find definite solution through the new facts so persistently presented for consideration. Original research and experimental operations have done so much for modern surgery that we are loth to admit that any good can come from the consideration of things not

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