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EXPLORATORY LAPAROTOMY.

EXPLORATORY LAPAROTOMY. The safety of laparotomy by modern surgical methods has so greatly increased the utility of the operation, that the time has arrived when it may be advantageously discussed as a means of diagnosis. Although the clinical differentiation of abdominal disease has been much advanced in later times, it is clearly conceded by those of the widest experience that many important conditions can only be approximately determined by all the other means at our disposal. As if in mockery of my own views, only within the week have I made two autopsies upon my own patients which serve pointedly as an illustration. The one, a sufferer from obscure abdominal symptoms, died from a sudden hemorrhage caused by the rupture of a post-uterine vascular growth, which could have been diagnosticated in no other way than by exploratory section. The second, a chronic sufferer for months from severe local pains about the pylorus, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

EXPLORATORY LAPAROTOMY.

JAMA , Volume XII (4) – Jan 26, 1889

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1889 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1889.02400810007001a
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Abstract

The safety of laparotomy by modern surgical methods has so greatly increased the utility of the operation, that the time has arrived when it may be advantageously discussed as a means of diagnosis. Although the clinical differentiation of abdominal disease has been much advanced in later times, it is clearly conceded by those of the widest experience that many important conditions can only be approximately determined by all the other means at our disposal. As if in mockery of my own views, only within the week have I made two autopsies upon my own patients which serve pointedly as an illustration. The one, a sufferer from obscure abdominal symptoms, died from a sudden hemorrhage caused by the rupture of a post-uterine vascular growth, which could have been diagnosticated in no other way than by exploratory section. The second, a chronic sufferer for months from severe local pains about the pylorus,

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 26, 1889

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