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June 23, 1900

Hypothetical Questions in a Suit for Malpractice.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(25):1642-1643. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460250054020

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Abstract

Toledo, Ohio, June 8, 1900.

To the Editor:  —Recently in this city, in a malpractice suit, the following questions were asked:Assuming that upon a surgical operation, through the usual incision for appendicitis, a surgeon finds the appendix normal, and the condition of the surrounding parts so satisfactory that he returns the appendix to its former position, and permanently closes the incision without drainage, by through-and-through silk-worm gut sutures, reinforced by buried kangaroo tendons, through the peritoneal parts, and immediately thereafter makes an incision in the median line, and removes a ruptured tubal pregnancy, leaving the surrounding parts in such condition that he permanently closes the latter incision without drainage, with through-and-through silk-worm gut sutures, reinforced by buried kangaroo tendons, through the peritoneal parts, and within ten days thereafter, preceded by great abdominal pains, pus forces its way through the first incision in such quantities that a cotton pad one

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