On hospitalism and the causes of death after operations by John Eric ErichsenOn hospitalism and the causes of death after operations by John Eric Erichsen

On hospitalism and the causes of death after operations

byJohn Eric Erichsen

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874. Excerpt: ... LECTURE II ON THE CAUSES OF DEATH AFTER OPERATIONS. In the last Lecture I pointed out the percentage of mortality that still prevails after the major amputations. The figures that I laid before you admit of no doubt or cavil, as they have been drawn from the statistical reports which are now annually published by the officers of many of our hospitals; their accuracy cannot, therefore, be questioned. They are sufficiently large, and extend over a sufficiently long space of years, to equalise the varying conditions mentioned in the last lecture as tending to invalidate surgical statistics. They prove incontestably that the average mortality after amputations in general hospitals in this country, taken as a whole, is from 35 to 40 per cent., whilst the available Continental returns show a much higher rate. I also pointed out the important fact, that there has been no diminution in this rate of mortality during the last thirty-five years; that it is, in fact, higher than that furnished by statistics then published. If the figures are correct--and, for the reason given, I have no doubt of their accuracy--the deductions I have made from them are legitimate. We will next proceed to enquire into the most important question of all, viz. the causes that have led FOUR DIFFERENT SETS OF CAUSES. 27 to the production, and that are still leading to the perpetuation, of so unsatisfactory a result. These causes may, by a reference to any published statistical table of Hospital Eeports, be found to arrange themselves under four distinct heads. First, there are certain conditions inherent in the operation itself which dispose to, or directly determine, a fatal result; as, for instance, the exposure of the membranes of the brain in trephining, the opening of the peritoneum i...
Title:On hospitalism and the causes of death after operationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:30 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217738710

ISBN - 13:9780217738712