LESTER M. MORRISON, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Until this decade the diagnosis of cirrhosis of the liver was generally regarded as the death knell of the patient. Most clinicians looked on the unfortunate victim of this disease as a "hopeless" or incurable case; they were concerned only with the length of time remaining for the patient to live. When ascites developed, as a rule the only therapeutic measure of direct value was believed to be repeated removal of the ascitic fluid by paracentesis, with the final paracentesis to be performed by the pathologist on the autopsy table.
However, Patek's revolutionary studies in human patients1, 2, 3 opened
MORRISON LM. THE RESPONSE OF CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER TO AN INTENSIVE COMBINED THERAPY1. Ann Intern Med. ;24:465–478. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-24-3-465
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1946;24(3):465-478.
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