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November 8, 1924

THE EFFECTS OF IRRIGATION WITH SURGICAL SOLUTION OF CHLORINATED SODAIN ACUTE AND IN CHRONIC EMPYEMA

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the department of medicine of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, and the Presbyterian Hospital.

JAMA. 1924;83(19):1495-1497. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660190027009
Abstract

With the publication of Volume XI of the Medical Department of the United States Army in the World War, 1 the statistical results concerning the treatment of empyema with antiseptic solutions have been made available for an analysis of the effects of this form of therapy. The study of the irrigation of empyema cavities with antiseptics was begun at Camp Lee, Va., under the direction of Lieut. Col. E. K. Dunham, by a commission appointed by the Surgeon General of the Army. The work of this commission followed closely on the efforts of a previous commission delegated to investigate pneumonia at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. This pneumonia commission associated hemolytic streptococci with the fulminating types of pneumonia and pleuritis encountered in the cantonments.2 The value of certain therapeutic measures, especially the delayed operation in cases of severe streptococcus pleuritis and the beneficial effects of high caloric diets during the

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