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September 5, 1891

New Method of Dressing the Chest in

JAMA. 1891;XVII(10):385. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410880033015

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Abstract

Pneumonia and Pleurisy.  —The following method is recommended by Dr. William Hunt: A very thin layer of cotton is applied over the affected side, from spinal column to sternum, and secured with collodion smeared thoroughly over it by means of a broad brush, like a mucilage brush. Then add thicker layers, securing them in turn with collodion, until a good padding is obtained, paying particular attention to the edges. In double cases the dressing may encircle the chest. The advantages are: I. The one dressing, if well applied, will last throughout the case; and hence, 2, the fatigue and discomfort of frequent poulticing are avoided. 3. The side, in unilateral cases, is held as in a splint, while the free side does the breathing. A first-class nonconductor is covering the chest. The contracting collodion may have some influence in controlling the blood supply. 4. There is no particular interference with

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