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TO THE FIRST EDITION.
In the following pages, I have endeavoured to give a concise account of the changes that take place in the structure of the rectum, and of the symptoms and treatment of its diseases. Although the subject has been much and ably written on, I have been assured that such a work, founded upon adequate observation, and including modern improvements in treatment, would be acceptable to the younger members of the profession. That there will be found many deficiencies, I am fully aware; indeed, a complete treatise has not been attempted, but it has rather been my object to offer such views of pathology as may lead to judicious practice. Should I be so far successful, or have in any degree aided in the promotion of surgical knowledge, I shall be sufficiently rewarded for the pains bestowed in preparing these observations.
London, April, 1851.
TO THE SECOND EDITION.
The first edition of this work having been out of print for nearly a year, and another having been called for, I have endeavoured, in preparing the present one, to make such amendments and improvements in it as continued attention to the Diseases of the Rectum, and larger experience in the treatment of them, have enabled me. I have also added a Chapter on a common affection of the part.
39, Gbosvekob Stbeet, April, 1855.