STAIGE D. BLACKFORD, M.D., F.A.C.P.; ROBERT M. BIRD JR., M.D.; S. WARD CASSCELLS, M.D.
The literature contains many reports indicating the effectiveness of medical treatment in gall-bladder disease. However, Walters and Snell1 believe that in many of these reports there is an element of wishful thinking in the interpretations of the results. They point out that long-term observations of large groups of medically treated patients are rare, and they cite the report of J. M. Blackford, King and Sherwood2 as one of the best. In that report, 200 cases diagnosed clinically as cholecystitis were reviewed by follow-up methods after an average period of nine and one-half years. However, the large majority of these cases
BLACKFORD SD, BIRD RM, CASSCELLS SW. NON-OPERATIVE RESULTS IN NINETY PATIENTS WITH ABNORMAL CHOLECYSTOGRAMS1. Ann Intern Med. ;16:1118–1122. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-16-6-1118
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