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In 1908, Scudder1 reported a series of one hundred and twenty-one cases of acute intestinal obstruction of mechanical origin in which operation was performed at the Massachusetts General Hospital during the years from 1898 to 1907, inclusive. Cases of chronic or partial obstruction, cases of obstruction by strangulated external hernias and cases of obstruction due to neoplasms (except neoplasms that were an inciting cause of intussusceptions or mesenteric thromboses) were excluded. In 1920, Richardson2 reported a second series of one hundred and eighteen cases, in direct continuation of the first series, occurring from 1908 to 1917, inclusive. He made every effort to have the series as nearly as possible parallel to the first, and stated that Dr. Scudder examined with him all doubtful and borderline cases.The present study embraces the same types of cases observed from 1918 to 1927, inclusive. Every effort has been
McIVER MA. ACUTE INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION: II. ACUTE MECHANICAL OBSTRUCTIONS EXCLUSIVE OF THOSE DUE TO NEOPLASMS AND STRANGULATED EXTERNAL HERNIAS. Arch Surg. 1932;25(6):1106–1124. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1932.01160240098009
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