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February 1939

The Therapeutic Problem in Bowel Obstruction.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;63(2):430. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00180190232014

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The publication of this monograph has been made possible by the author's well deserved reception of the Samuel D. Gross prize. In brief, it is a concise but thorough exposition of the more "important aspects of the therapeutic problem in obstruction of the bowel" in the light of the vast investigations and experience of the writer and his co-workers.

The text is divided into three parts: The first section is devoted to a succinct but complete elaboration of the altered physiologic state and the pathologic consequences of obstruction and distention of the bowel, which are clearly demonstrated by the extensive clinical and experimental investigations of the author and his collaborators. On this basis is built the evident rationale and therapeutic efficacy of the administration of saline solution in high obstruction, conservative decompression by suction applied to a duodenal tube, blood transfusion and operation. The second portion of the text consists

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