Short Historical Survey

  • H. D. Becker
  • W. F. Caspary


When on 29 January 1881 Theodor Billroth [1] performed his first successful gastric resection for stenosing antral cancer and reconstructed the continuity by creating a gastroduodenostomy, modern gastro-intestinal surgery had begun. After several insufficiencies at the gastroduodenostomy had occurred, Billroth in further operations closed the resection line at the stomach and duodenum and anastomosed the first jejunal loop to the gastric stump; this is now known as the Billroth II anastomosis. This operative procedure was initiated by Wölfler, who in September 1881 performed a gastrojejunostomy in a patient with a stenosing unresectable antral tumour [2].



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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. D. Becker
    • 1
  • W. F. Caspary
    • 2
  1. 1.Klinik und Poliklinik für AllgemeinchirurgieGöttingenFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.II. Medizinische KlinikStadtkrankenhausHanauFederal Republic of Germany

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