Since Greenough's recent article1 contains a list in detail of the cases of ascites due to cirrhosis of the liver operated on up to the end of 1902, no attempt will be made to review the literature. The author desires, however, to briefly mention his own experience in operating on this variety of cases.
In an article on this subject in The Journal of the American Medical Association, May 3, 1902, the author reviewed the available literature up to that date and published two cases of his own. Since then he has operated on four more cases, making six altogether. The two cases previously reported were:
—Man, aged 56, hard drinker; atrophic liver, enlarged spleen, jaundice, ascites; duration about one year; tapped nine times. Omentum greatly thickened and very vascular. Operation March 30, 1900. Abdomen closed without drainage. Recovery. No improvement. Died in three weeks. Autopsy