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SURGICAL TREATMENT OF GASTRIC ULCER.

VAN BUREN KNOTT, M.D.
JAMA. 1898;XXX(11):577-578. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440630003001a.
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Surgical interference for the relief of the ulcer of the stomach and its complications, although of comparatively recent date, has by the brilliancy of its results become a well established procedure and promises much for the future. In considering its applicability I shall be as brief as possible, dwelling only on those conditions in which it has been proven of unquestionable value. Although the radical cure of gastric ulcer has been advocated, and attempted by excision of the ulcer itself, the results have not as yet justified the adoption of this measure as the routine treatment for this condition, nor is it warranted by statistics, as according to Welch about 85 per cent. of all cases of ulcer of the stomach heal spontaneously.

Therefore, I shall in this paper consider the value of surgical interference in those cases of gastric ulcer complicated by one or more of the following conditions:

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