THOMAS A. WARTHIN, F.A.C.P.; FREDERICK P. ROSS, F.A.C.S.; DONALD V. BAKER JR., F.A.C.S.; EGON WISSING, M.D.
The more frequent occurrence of upper gastrointestinal bleeding during the past decade has produced a great many papers on the management of this emergency. There have been and still are many proponents of pure, conservative medical management of these patients. Likewise, our surgical colleagues have enthusiastically plied us with statistics apparently showing the superiority of surgical treatment, supplemented by such slogans as "eventually, why not now." Yet both means of therapy have resulted in mortality rates for bleeding peptic ulcer which usually exceed 5 per cent, the maximum acceptable today. It may well be true that in unusual instances a
WARTHIN TA, ROSS FP, BAKER DV, WISSING E. THE MANAGEMENT OF UPPER GASTROINTESTINAL HEMORRHAGE1. Ann Intern Med. ;39:241–253. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-39-2-241
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