During recent years many statistical studies of peptic ulcer have appeared in the literature. Most of them have dealt with patients in the larger cities. At the University of Virginia Hospital, however, the majority of the patients come from rural districts and the smaller towns and cities. Many of the patients present peculiar problems because of their economic and social status, their mode of living and their dietary habits and limitations. Mountaineers, farmers cultivating poor soil and others unaccustomed and often unable to procure any but the roughest sort of diet tax the ingenuity of the internist who would treat them medically for peptic ulcer.
In this study an attempt has been made to evaluate the late results of the medical and surgical treatment of all patients with peptic ulcer seen in the hospital during a ten year period, 1918 to 1928. For the purpose of comparison, a brief summary
MORTON CB. PEPTIC ULCERVIII. RESULTS OF MEDICAL AND SURGICAL TREATMENT OF PATIENTS IN RURAL DISTRICTS AND IN SMALL TOWNS. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1933;51(6):920–931. doi:10.1001/archinte.1933.00150250104006
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