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Velpeau, in 1835, observed the accidental curing of a hernia, following the injection of a hydrocele with an iodine solution. He is given credit as the first physician to treat hernia by the injection method. Jaynes, in 1832, injected essential oils to cure hernia, and probably deserves priority. Dr. Ignatz Mayer, of Detroit, is credited with modernizing the injection treatment of hernia. He reported 2100 cases, from 1927 to 1932, with 98 per cent successful results.
The authors feel that ready acceptance of this method has been impeded, because of confusion with the injection of paraffin, and because at times
Injection Treatment of Hernia.. Ann Intern Med. ;12:892. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-12-6-892_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1938;12(6):892.
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