There have been innumerable speculations on the functions and activity of the great omentum. Theories have varied from that of Erisistratus,1 who centuries ago claimed the structure had no function, to those of modern writers who speak of the "intelligence" of the omentum. And even today, a survey of the medical literature shows that many different opinions are held concerning the physiology of this structure.
Almost all students are informed that the omentum is the "great protector of the abdomen" which by some strange inherent power seeks out and tries to arrest trouble. However, extensive experience with abdominal operations for intraperitoneal suppuration has repeatedly demonstrated that the omentum is indeed capricious in its response to such calls of duty. The observations reported here are the first in a series of studies which will attempt to clarify the problem of omental activity and response. Additional experiments are being conducted to
ROTHENBERG RE, ROSENBLATT P. MOTILITY AND RESPONSE OF THE GREAT OMENTUM: I. FLUOROSCOPIC OBSERVATIONS ON OMENTAL ACTIVITY OF DOGS. Arch Surg. 1942;44(4):764–771. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1942.01210220167011
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