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DISEASES, INJURIES, AND MALFORMATIONS

OF THE

RECTUM AND ANUS,

WITH REMARKS OX

HABITUAL CONSTIPATION.

BY

T. J. ASHTON,

SURGEON TO THE BLENHEIM DISPENSARY, FELLOW OF THE ROYAL MEDICO-
CHIRURGICAL SOCIETY, MEMBER OF THE PATHOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LON-
DON, CORRESPONDING FELLOW OF THE PATHOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF
MONTREAL, MEMBER OF THE HARVEIAN SOCIETY, FORMERLY

HOUSE SURGEON TO UNIVERSITY COLLEGE HOSPITAL.

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C. SHERMAN & SON, PRINTERS,

Southwest Corner Seventh and Cherry Streets, Philadelphia.

364 82 860 Amed.

PREFACE

TO THE THIRD EDITION.

The rapid exhaustion of two editions of this work, the flattering testimony of the profession, and the opinions expressed by the medical press of this country, as well as by the Continental and American journals, are most gratifying to me, as affording evidence that my labors for the alleviation of human suffering, in directing the attention of the profession to the symptoms, causes, and treatment of an important class of diseases, which has hitherto been but superficially noticed by surgical writers generally, and but imperfectly understood by many of the profession, have not been unsuccessful.

For nearly twelve months the second edition of the work has been out of print; and I regret that professional demands on my time have not admitted the preparation of a third edition for the press at an earlier period. The same arrangement of the contents is observed as in the previous editions, and the same principles of treatment advocated, the soundness and correctness of which are confirmed by very considerable practical experience. The present volume has been carefully revised; and, to render

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