The repeated attention in the medical literature to the problem of bleeding peptic ulcer surely implies that this is an important subject to every physician, and that there is more to be learned about it. Our purpose in this discussion is to present for critical evaluation the experience of the attending staff of a community hospital with bleeding-ulcer patients over a period of seven years. We would also like to present our attitude toward the management of these cases and to look into the significance of certain aspects of bleeding ulcers by an analysis of those factors in the cases reviewed.
The material studied represents the cases of bleeding ulcer which have been treated in the Memorial Hospital, Worcester, Mass., from October, 1949, through September, 1956. These cases have been under the care of all of the members of our medical and surgical staff and include quite a number of