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Increasing Frequency of Gall Bladder Operations in the Bristol Clinical Area

Br Med J 1972; 3 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5828.672 (Published 16 September 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;3:672
  1. C. Holland,
  2. K. W. Heaton

    Abstract

    In the Bristol clinical area the frequency of gall bladder operations rose by a factor of 3·4 between 1940 and 1970, the greatest increase occurring in the 1950s. The increase took place in all age groups, but was greatest in the under-30s and in men. Numerous factors affect the chance of a patient with gall stones being operated on, but a change of this magnitude suggests there has been a substantial rise in the incidence of gall stones since the second world war. This belief is supported by data from the nationwide Hospital In-patient Enquiry.