In these days we are accustomed to hear much about the great achievements and the astounding progress made by surgery. Cavity after cavity and region after region have been invaded by the bold surgeon, secure by means of his admirable asepsis from doing direct and immediate harm, until it would seem as if the field of internal medicine was rapidly narrowing to the making of diagnosis and the treatment of general diseases. In this rapid expansion of surgery, to use this phrase, no one will deny that there is much actual and permanent progress. It seems to be true, however, that in some instances surgery in its extraordinarily rapid advancement has entered territories which it may be forced to abandon again after a relatively brief period of occupation. The pendulum has been carried too far and the backward movement may be noticeable at least in certain phases of surgicalactivity. The
THE SURGICAL TREATMENT OF TUBERCULOSIS OF THE PERITONEUM.. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(3):181. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480030039011
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