At a meeting of the Johns Hopkins Medical Society held on Nov. 4, 1889, Dr. Halsted showed five patients operated on for inguinal hernia by a new method.1 Dr. Halsted published several papers describing the operation during the first decade after the opening of the hospital, and in 1899, Dr. Bloodgood2 published a voluminous monograph, the results of a comparative study of the operations performed in 459 cases of hernia in the Johns Hopkins Hospital from June, 1889, to January, 1899. During the period of the draft board examinations, an unusually large number of men were operated on for hernia, both in the civil hospitals and in the various camps, and it seemed most opportune to study anew the material available in the records of the hospital, giving especial attention to the operations performed since the publication of Dr. Bloodgood's monograph.
Bloodgood's study includes a report of all
TAYLOR AS. THE RESULTS OF OPERATIONS FOR INGUINAL HERNIA: PERFORMED IN THE JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL FROM JAN. 1, 1899, TO JAN. 1, 1918. Arch Surg. 1920;1(2):382–406. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1920.01110020179007
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