Conditions concerning a descent or displacement of the abdominal organs have all too often escaped notice and are not sufficiently considered in the management and treatment of the disturbed secretory and digestive functions. That every organ should occupy its normal location to perform its proper function is self-evident; and that any deviation from the normal position is at the expense of its real office, is easily understood. Our attention to-day will be directed to one organ, the liver. That this organ is sometimes displaced downward to a considerable degree will be shown by the two following cases. That there is usually modified function and a well-defined clinical picture belonging to this change of position will also be shown.
—Mrs. S., aged 41, housewife, entered St. Joseph's Hospital, June, 1896. She had for three years suffered from paroxysms of severe pain located in the right hepatic region. These pains,