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1910 Excerpt: ... SURGICAL ASPECTS OF ENTEROPTOSIS A. J. OCHSNER,
M.D., LL.D Surgeon-in-Chlef of Angustana Hospital and St. Mary's
Hospital; Professor of Clinical Surgery In the Medical Department
of the University of Illinois, Chicago CHICAGO In order to obtain a
useful and practical view of the surgical aspects of enteroptosis
it seems important to refer at the outset to the causation and
development and incidentally to prophylaxis. Since enteroptosis as
a definite condition was brought forcibly to the attention of
clinicians bv Glenard a quarter of a century ago, many careful
observers have been convinced of the fact that patients who suffer
from marked enteroptosis are as a rule congenitally deficient
anatomically and that their deficiencies are constantly exaggerated
during childhood and more especially in females during the
increased physical and physiologic burdens of childbearing. Four
years ago, R. R. Smith1 directed our attention to enteroptosis with
special reference to body form; and recently Reynolds and Lovett
have shown that the condition occurs in persons of peculiar
postures whose bodies are not normally balanced when they are in
the erect position. Round-shouldered patients with hollow backs,
large pelves and small chests are especially well formed for the
development of enteroptosis. This naturally suggests an important
field for prophylaxis through careful orthopedic treatment,
especially of young women and children. Reed and Robinson2 have
observed gastroptosis in 37.6 per cent, of the tuberculous patients
they had an opportunity to examine in a sanitarium. Personally I
have observed a very large number of children under the age of 12
who came under my care for the treatment of hernia produced from
excessive intra-abdominal pressure in whom there was a ...
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