December 31, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(27):834. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400260002002

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Suppurative Peritonitis; Opening, Washing, and Sponging the Peritoneum; Recovery.  —At the meeting of the Clinical Society of London, on October 28, Mr. Richard Barwell read notes of this case. The man, æt. 42, accustomed to drink a good deal, was admitted into Charing Cross Hospital June 24, 1887. Six days previously he fell and struck the left lower part of the abdomen, but seemed very little hurt. Five days afterwards he, in stooping, felt severe pain in the lower part of the abdomen; he vomited and passed a little very dark-colored urine. (Absence or presence of blood could not be verified.) He went to bed, his abdomen swelled, he passed very little urine; vomited after, and sometimes without, taking food. On admission he was placed in a warm bath; while in it he passed what may, he thinks, have amounted to a wine-glassful of urine. At 2 P.M. Mr. Barwell

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