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The proper treatment of an abscess, of any size, character or location, has long claimed the attention of the surgeon, and the literature on the subject is almost as prolix as that of infant feeding. Various methods have from time to time been devised and given out to the profession, some of which have produced valuable and permanent results, but nearly if not quite all have the objection that, in order to carry procedure out, the knife must be used to a greater or less extent. This is not only a source of dread to the patient, but involves also considerable suffering, the solution of continuity of the tissues, tardy repair, accompanied with the attendant danger of sepsis from the exposure of the pus carried to the air.
In the last ten years I have had a great number of these phlegmons to treat, and I have tried all the
WILE WC. A NEW METHOD OF TREATING ABSCESSES—EVACUATION; THOROUGH SOLUTION OF THE ADHERING PUS; DISINFECTION; DISTENSION AND COMPRESSION.Read in the Section of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, at the Thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, May, 1888.. JAMA. 1888;XI(3):86–87. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400550014001e