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September 14, 1935


JAMA. 1935;105(11):909-910. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760370065038

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Malpractice: Drainage Tube Lost in Patient's Chest; Standard of Skill by Which Physician Is Judged.—  The defendant, a physician, was in charge of a county tuberculosis hospital in which the plaintiff's husband was a patient. He had been operated on, and, according to the report of the case, "a sinus had formed between the pleural cavity and the outside." To drain this so-called sinus the defendant inserted a catheter between the ribs, but the catheter bothered the patient and on March 16 the defendant replaced it by a tube three or four inches long. He anchored this tube by wrapping adhesive tape around it, with the ends stuck to the chest. The next morning, however, the tube was missing. A physician summoned by the plaintiff, the patient's wife, at the request of the defendant, agreed with the defendant that a piece of a rib ought to be removed "to permit

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