The importance of this subject appeals toall of us and therefore no apology is needed for engrossing your attention. That diagnosis should precede operation is such a rational assumption that it has almost a natural claim upon all operators, and this claim should, whenever possible, be respected. That it does not always receive the attention and consideration it merits, will be generally conceded, and that failure in diagnosis frequently leads to unnecessary operative work and occasionally to unfortunate results, clinical records sufficiently prove. It is not possible within the space allotted to this paper to do anything more than merely sketch the most urgent necessities of this great field of surgical effort, and to invite attention to certain lines of thought which should occupy the mind of every abdominal surgeon. In doing this it will be a privilege to suggest a few new thoughts while reviewing many old ones, in
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