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March 28, 1908


Author Affiliations

Surgeon-in-Charge of St. Luke's Hospital. RICHMOND, VA.

JAMA. 1908;L(13):1019-1022. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310390017002f

In studying the subject of suppurative peritonitis it soon becomes apparent that the differences in the views of various authors with reference to certain types of the disease are due to a failure to adopt the same classification, and to a lack of a clear conception of what is meant by the terms employed. We read of septic peritonitis, local suppurative peritonitis, general suppurative peritonitis and diffuse suppurative peritonitis.

The term septic peritonitis should be employed to designate those cases in which the pyogenic infection is so acute and virulent that the patient dies before sufficient time has elapsed for pus to form.

The term local suppurative peritonitis should be employed to indicate those cases in which, owing to the character of the infection, pus develops slowly and nature has time to form adhesions which confine the pus to a limited portion of the peritoneal cavity.

The term diffuse suppurative

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