Treatment of Penetrating Shot-Wounds of the Abdomen

W. B. COLEY
1888 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
Tins subject is one that excited but little interest in the medical world of teu years ago. It is true that the text-books on surgery abounded in statistics derived from the reports of the more recent wars, and especially our civil war, yet the more of these they contained the more strongly were you impressed with the one great fact, standing out before all others, that penetrating gunshot wounds of the abdomen were universally fatal, and recovery the rare exception. The treatment of these
more » ... tment of these wounds was summed up in a few words. The great masters of surgery both here and abroad were firm believers in the " Laissez faire "
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