Excerpt from The Physical Exploration of the Rectum: With an Appendix on the Ligation of the Hæmorrhoidal Tumors
The ligation of haemorrhoidal tumors, the subject of the appendix, although out of place here, should nevertheless attract the reader's attention.
It may seem to some that the descriptions in this work, both anatomical and Operative, are too unnecessarily minute in their details; but the author would Observe to such, that it is the neglect Of minuteness and the fondness for generalization which involve a subject in obscurity. As long as we ad. Here to facts, we cannot be too microscopical, for facts, however simple, are as essential to refute opinions as they are to establish principles.
Upon some points it will be seen that the author has not hesitated to express opinions more or less at variance with those of surgeons of deservedly high reputation and celebrity. If, however, he has done this in a respectful manner, no just exception can be taken and no apology is necessary.
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