An increasing number of cases of diaphragmatic hernia are being recognized, and the condition is probably more common than even present records would indicate. The condition is of interest to the surgeon because operation is being performed in a larger number of cases with satisfactory results. Undoubtedly more cases will be considered surgical as the indications for surgical intervention and the technic of operative procedure become more definitely established.
Ambrose Paré is credited with having described the condition in 1610. He reported two cases of traumatic origin. Riverius reported a congenital case in 1698. Kirschbaum reviewed seventeen cases in 1755. Morgagni wrote a monograph on the subject in 1769. Sir Astley Cooper discussed the subject in 1824. Bowditch reviewed eighty-eight cases in the literature up to 1886. Ricolfi, in 1886, reported an operative cure of a stab wound of the diaphragm through which the omentum prolapsed. Naumann, in 1888, operated