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March 12, 1910


Author Affiliations

Assistant Surgeon, Deaconess Hospital; Associate in Surgery, Washington University; Chief Medical Director, International Life Insurance Company ST. LOUIS

JAMA. 1910;LIV(11):870-871. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550370001001j

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The internist, as well as the surgeon, acknowledges the great value of Murphy's method of saline proctoclysis. Every surgeon of wide experience has been repeatedly brought face to face with the fact that the present methods of introducing warm salt solution, drop by drop, into the rectum are usually unsuccessful. In more than 90 per cent. of the cases either the solution is cold by the time it reaches the rectum or the apparatus is expensive, clumsy or otherwise unsatisfactory. A visit to the various hospitals in our American cities will reveal the fact that the fountain syringe continues to be relied on for this purpose, and all know the unsatisfactory results that must follow.

The most serious objection to the Elbrecht apparatus is its expensiveness. Hospitals usually limit their purchases to one apparatus. That designed by Saxon of Philadelphia is not conveniently portable. Having frequently been compelled

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