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The information which we now possess in regard to fat necrosis is principally the result of the study of postmortem findings and extensive experimental work on the lower animals. On the living subject it was discovered but a limited number of times, during operations. The cases usually terminated fatally. Thus far only two cases have been recorded in the literature which recovered from this affection, although a great many cases might have recovered spontaneously without having been discovered.
Having had the good fortune to observe a case which did not terminate fatally, I am prompted to publish my observations, trusting that my remarks will add some to the knowledge of this subject. The history of the case is as follows:
Mrs. M. E., 26 years old, mother of two healthy children had always been in good health, with the exception of an attack of jaundice six years ago, which followed
BECK C. FAT NECROSIS FROM A SURGICAL STANDPOINT. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(18):1180–1182. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470440030001h
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