Notwithstanding the brilliant results which have been attained in modern abdominal and pelvic surgery there is still much to learn and to improve upon in our operative technique before some of the distressing after results of these operations are prevented or at least rendered less frequent. Among the most important of these post-operative complications I would include intestinal obstructions.
An enormous amount of literature has been written upon acute intestinal obstruction as a surgical disease and the subject is, very properly, receiving the attention it deserves in our medical societies, but, as yet, little has been done toward solving the problems suggested by bowel obstructions following abdominal and pelvic operations. It is, therefore, my purpose in this paper, which I have the honor of presenting before this Association, to enter into the pathology of these obstructions and to discuss such views of the subject as my own experience and that
ASHTON WE. THE PATHOLOGY OF INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWING ABDOMINAL AND PELVIC OPERATIONS. Read in the Section of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June 7, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XIX(2):47–51. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420020019001i
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