In reviewing the different means of relief recommended and practised by American medical men for the cure of intestinal obstruction, the investigator is led to believe that what is regarded in some of the European medical centers as safe, successful, not interfering with the employment of the more radical procedure—laparotomy—is entirely ignored, or in fact, not even considered here. From a fair amount of investigation of the subject I am convinced that the American practitioner is neglecting to employ therapeutic means that have been satisfactory for years to many of the most eminent men of Europe.
The physician who is called to see a patient, whose most prominent symptom is one of non-movement of the bowels, may have a very obscure but serious case to contend with. Cathartics and enemas have been ineffectual, so it is a case of obstruction. What is to be done? A surgical operation may be
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