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September 10, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(11):578-579. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450110020001f

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This subject would seem to be worn threadbare, judging from its being so often used as a theme for discussion, yet the fabric, being of great surgical value, has rather improved by use and age. The discussion of any topic in which the questions of human life and comfort are concerned is always timely and of interest.

Sentiment and fashion should never be permitted to enter into a proposition where the question is one in which these unsurgical twins have long since proved themselves montrosities.

Abdominal scars have been used as breastworks behind which some surgeons have hidden their fears of removing complications and the performance of complete work, while they made and abandoned tunnels in which the enemy threw up additional fortifications to repulse the invader who attempts to reduce their stronghold to liberate imprisoned organs and dislodge the offending cause.

It is perfect surgery, or as near perfect

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