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March 15, 1902

Decapsulation of Kidney for Chronic Bright's Disease.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(11):718. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480110040012

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Abstract

Hot Springs, Ark., March 4, 1902.

To the Editor:  —Since reading the admirable article of Dr. Geo. H. Edebohls, on decapsulation of the kidneys for chronic Bright's disease (Medical Record, Dec. 21, 1901, and The Journal, Jan. 4, 1902, p. 62), I am impressed with its far-reaching possibilities. It opens up a vast field of work in the cure of otherwise hopeless cases. Why could not this same procedure be resorted to in cirrhosis of the liver before the stage of atrophy sets in? Decapsulation cf the upper surface of this organ would certainly take away a very great obstacle to the speedy formation of many large blood vessels for anastomotic duty. True, we have this anastomosis in a certain degree when we remove the epithelium by means of our friction with gauze sponges; but it is easy to see the vast difference between the small vessels which would penetrate

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