Murphy, John Benjamin


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Murphy, John Benjamin

(mŭr′fē)
U.S. surgeon, 1857–1916.

Murphy button

A device consisting of two button-like hollow cylinders, used for intestinal anastomosis. Each cylinder is sutured to an open end of the intestine, and the ends are fitted together. After firm union of the ends of the intestine, the sutures separate, and the cylinders are passed in stools.

Murphy sign

Pain on deep inspiration when an inflamed gallbladder is palpated under the rib cage.