Since the publication of a paper1 in 1915 in which a new method for the treatment of acute infections of joints, particularly of the knee joint, was described, I have been interested in the further development of the apparatus devised for this purpose and in the collection o f further clinical data as to the efficiency of the method. The rather crude machine described in my first article answered the purpose well, but there were a number of mechanical defects in it, and these made i t somewhat awkward. These defects have been entirely overcome, and an apparatus that is simple and efficient has now been devised, so that the problem of thorough irrigation and cleansing of a joint cavity is solved.
As I stated in my former article, any attempt to apply an antiseptic to the lining membrane of a joint, with the hope that this substance would
CHURCHMAN JW. TREATMENT OF ACUTE INFECTIONS OF THE JOINT BY LAVAGE AND DIRECT MEDICATION. JAMA. 1918;70(15):1047–1051. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600150001001