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THE HUMBLE HERNIA

JAMA. 1961;176(2):140-141. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040150056014.
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LESS than three-quarters of a century ago, the chances were meager for a permanently satisfactory result from the repair of an indirect inguinal hernia. The correction was temporary in most instances, and the patient probably reverted to a truss to compress the walls of the dilated inguinal canal. Such disappointing consequences attracted the attention of some of the best surgeons in Europe and America. As prosaic a subject as the inguinal hernia might have been delegated to mediocre minds with suboptimal skills for solution. This was not the fate in the historical development of the surgical technique as recorded by Ravitch of Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore City Hospitals. The essays on the history of the hernia, prepared with the assistance of Hitzrot his resident in orthopedic surgery, were published last fall in two issues of Surgery.1 They have been reprinted and bound as a monograph with an

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