The object of this paper is to discuss the question of responsibility in the treatment of intestinal obstruction. It will have reference to the results occasioned by the delay of the attending physician in trusting to relief by medication in preference to operation.
The knowledge of abdominal diseases is making such marked advances, that the question of responsibility must enter into all cases that partake of a surgical aspect. The surgical part of our art is establishing, by its success, definite rules that must be at some future date, so formulated, that they will become not only clinical, but legal points in the treatment of all cases that affect the abdominal cavity. This is getting to be so understood that all advanced workers are compelled to appreciate this branch of the profession. The profession owes to itself, that proper measures should be taken to maintain its standing. If