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December 24, 1898

THE IMPORTANCE OF A PROPER DIETARY FOLLOWING LAPAROTOMY.

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Ex- U. S. Surgeon. MOBERLY, MO.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(26):1507-1508. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450260011002a

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Abstract

We propose to divide the subject into three heads: the dietary preceding, the dietary at the time of, and the dietary following the operation.

In order to be correctly understood we define a laparotomy to be any surgical operation performed upon the contents of the abdominal cavity at any point between the ensiform cartilage of the sternum and the symphisis pubis. And we propose to draw also the line of distinction between the operation performed on the organs contained therein and the other viscera, from the fact that the dietetics should be different from those necessary in cases of appendicitis, and operations performed upon the stomach and intestines. From an experience that covers a number of years, both in private and hospital practice, we are disposed to attribute the fatal results following operations on the abdominal cavity, more to the neglect of a proper dietary than to the direct result

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