Atlas and Epitome of Abdominal Hernias.

JAMA. 1903;XL(3):186. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490030050022.
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This little book belongs to the Saunders' series of atlases, and is a translation from the German. The text does not profess to be exhaustive, but it is clear and concise, and the common varieties of hernia are well described. The editor has added an occasional note to the text. One, condemning the injection method of treating hernia, and another condemning the use of buried non-absorbable suture materials in the radical operation, are to be commended. Since the mortality of the radical operation is only 0.5 per cent. (5,418 cases, 28 deaths), and the recurrences only about 4 per cent. (2,853 cases, 114 recurrences), there is little reason why the ordinary individual should be burdened with the wearing of a truss. The illustrations, many of them in colors, are works of art and are the chief value of the work. Post-operative ventral hernia has received no attention, and the method


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