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January 1958

Subtotal Gastric Resection for Benign Peptic Ulcer: A Follow-Up Study of Three Hundred Fifty-Three Patients

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the Wadsworth General Medical and Surgical Hospital, Veterans' Administration Center, and the Departments of Surgery and Medicine, University of California Medical Center, Los Angeles.

AMA Arch Surg. 1958;76(1):74-80. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1958.01280190076014

Benign peptic ulcer is a disease which afflicts over one-half million people and causes about 10,000 deaths each year in the United States.1,2 It is frequently refractory to medical management and often is incompletely alleviated by surgical therapy. The lack of satisfaction in operative measures is partly reflected in the variety of procedures employed. Since its introduction by Péan,3 Rydygier,4 and Billroth5 (1879-1881), distal partial gastrectomy has been developed into the operation most commonly used today.6-10 Various types of pyloroplasty and gastrojejunostomy were employed in