To the members of this Association I feel that I should make some explanation, if not apology, in presenting this work.
I am possibly somewhat differently situated from the most of the prominent workers of the Surgical Section, and therefore from the environment of my location am able to draw some conclusions at variance with the experience of the city and hospital surgeon and teacher.
There are, we may all know, two classes of surgeons radically different in their methods of doing good, the conservative and the bold or daring. And whilst I may have in some remarks before the Section as well as in printed articles seemed to imply that with regard to abdominal work I place myself with the latter, surely I do not wish to so stand. I am decidedly in favor of conservative means in all cases where delay is not hazardous, and surely I agree