As hernial protrusions through the lower abdomen are a very common infirmity in the civilized human being; and as they are always a source of inconvenience and discomfort, besides being an occasional danger to life, surgeons have, since the earliest times, actively occupied themselves, with a most commendable zeal, in divers expedients to effect a radical cure of them, or to place them in such a position as will conduce to the greatest comfort. Every sort of mechanical expedient has been resorted to for their cure, by traveling charlatans and eminent operators; at one time resorting to castration, at another to vitriol and caustics, the potential and others, the steel clamp, suture of gold, invagination, etc.
Paul Légond, in his valuable treatise on hernia, informs us that for several past centuries, from time to time, operations for the radical cure of hernia have attained considerable popularity; but they have fallen
MANLEY TH. HERNLE, OPERATIVE AND NON-OPERATIVE. Read in the Section of Surgery and Anatomy, at the Forty third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held in Detroit, Mich., June, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XIX(7):182–192. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420070006001b
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