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October 23, 1954


Author Affiliations

Chicago; Hines, Ill.; Chicago

From the Department of Surgery, Division of Anesthesiology, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Research and Educational Hospitals (Drs. Sadove and Shima), and the Veterans Administration Hospital, Hines, Ill. (Dr. Miller).

JAMA. 1954;156(8):759-763. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950080007004

Aerosol or nebulization therapy has recently been introduced in the care of the patient who has undergone surgery. This phase of medical care is in a state of flux and confusion in many segments of the medical profession. It is the purpose of this paper to give our views on the place of aerosol or nebulization therapy in the care of patients after operation. There are many ramifications to proper postoperative care. The chief concern of this paper, however, is to discuss the role of the aerosols. We do not mean to imply that aerosol therapy is of prime importance, yet we feel that this form of medication has much to offer many patients after operation. In numerous instances, morbidity and mortality may be decreased significantly by the judicious use of this adjuvant to the over-all therapy of the patient.

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