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SURGERY, med. jur. That part of the healing art which relates to external diseases; their treatment; and, specially, to the manual operations adopted for their cure.
     2. Every lawyer should have some acquaintance with surgery; his knowledge on this subject will be found useful in cases of homicide and wounds.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"Hashim underwent emergency exploratory surgery resulting from blunt trauma sustained to his groin region," quoted South Africa's team manager, Dr Mohammed Dr Moosajee, as saying.
On July 14, Scott underwent exploratory surgery to try to establish the cause of the bleeding.
Melbourne specialist Greg Hoy ruled out Warne for four to six weeks after performing exploratory surgery. Although Warne will miss the remainder of the Ashes series, he should make their first World Cup game against Pakistan on February 11.
Warne may have exploratory surgery today to determine the extent of the damage.
He was initially told that he needed to rest for two weeks but has now been informed that exploratory surgery is required.
The youngster was admitted to hospital on Wednesday for further exploratory surgery but on Friday doctors gave the all-clear and he was allowed home in the afternoon.
He adds that the probe, which can be inserted into body orifices, may replace some exploratory surgery. Martin, who emphasizes that the probe may assist the surgeon but cannot replace careful surgery to remove tumors, admits it is too early to determine whether the technique will actually improve cancer survival rates.
A month later, exploratory surgery revealed a retained blue towel that had been used for bowel retraction.
Mr Timms was last night recovering in the Royal London Hospital where he was due to have exploratory surgery on his wounds, that were said to be not life-threatening.
The English defender has been playing through pain this season and it was decided exploratory surgery was needed to get to the root of the problem.
He was transferred to North Tyneside General for exploratory surgery but just hours after being released his wallet was stolen in Wallsend.
Jones returned to the emergency room the next day and underwent exploratory surgery. She stated that a surgeon told her that her appendix had ruptured and her abdomen was filled with pus.