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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
New Method of Dressing the Chest in. JAMA. 1891;XVII(10):385. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410880033015