OWEN H. WANGENSTEEN, M.D.
It is not so long ago that the depth of a lesion beneath the body surface determined whether the malady was surgical or medical in character. Externists or surgeons concerned themselves with the practical affairs of setting bones and the treatment of ulcers, wounds and ailments of the body surface. The problems of the less pragmatic but more erudite internists centered about internal disorders. The surgeon chanced an occasional excursion beyond his frontiers, but save for the management of vesical calculi, rarely did these meanderings redound to his honor or that of his guild. Anesthesia, antisepsis and the discovery of
WANGENSTEEN OH. EXPERIMENTAL AND CLINICAL OBSERVATIONS RELATING TO THE MANAGEMENT OF ACUTE BOWEL OBSTRUCTIONS1. Ann Intern Med. ;13:987–1000. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-13-6-987
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