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August 1940


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Arch Surg. 1940;41(2):554-556. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1940.01210020352031

Some six years ago, when Dr. Dean Lewis was visiting me in San Francisco, I happened to bring up the subject of his system of surgery and how much he had included in it which was obsolete. When he asked me to be more specific, I called his attention to the fact I had discovered that the proper treatment of subdeltoid bursitis seemed to be unknown generally and that the old advice about diathermy, etc., was still given in his published work. I called his attention to the immediate relief of 90 per cent of this pain in the shoulder obtained by simple needling, which eases the tension in a dense, mesotheliumlined fibrous sac. He frankly stated that he had never heard of this treatment and told me that some day he would publish a one volume treatise on general surgery which would leave out everything obsolete and would include

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