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October 20, 1934


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Amarillo, Texas.

JAMA. 1934;103(16):1251. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750420063022

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To the Editor:—  There appears to be some controversy as to priority in the use of the intravenous drip. I have been intensely interested in intravenous therapy during the past thirty years.Dr. Rudolph Matas read a paper on "Continued Intravenous Drip" at a meeting of the American Surgical Association held at Rochester, Minn., in 1923, which was published in the transactions of the association for that year and in the Annals of Surgery (79:643 [May] 1924). In that paper he reported cases in which he applied the method as far back as April 1913 and even before that date. It was my pleasure to observe the use of the continuous intravenous drip under Dr. Matas's service while visiting the Touro Infirmary and Charity Hospitals, New Orleans, in January 1914. It has been in current use in these institutions since 1923, where it is usually designated as the "Matas

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