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April 25, 1903


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JAMA. 1903;XL(17):1123-1127. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490170004002b

There never was a time in the history of medicine when the physician was not given an opportunity to treat hernia. A short history of the treatment of hernia may not be out of place here. It was a subject which engaged the thoughts of the first surgeons.

The attention which patients suffering with this affliction received in the early days of surgery is not flattering to the profession. We of to-day can scarcely conceive of such ignorance of surgical principles as the operators of the fifteenth century showed. The instruments used in that period for treating the affection were crude and barbarous to say the least. A study of the technic of some of the operations is certainly interesting. The evolution of the operation for hernia is a noted example of the progress of surgery along all lines.

Up to the time of the invention of the truss

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