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The treatment of empyema is that of pus anywhere —drainage. But the manner in which drainage shall be secured is a matter of vital importance, especially in the Army, where it is necessary to get men back to their organizations at the earliest possible date. Any method of treatment that cuts short convalescence will be of tremendous value to the government. It will result in a great saving of money and manpower, and these are the factors that will win the war.
Thoracotomy and costectomy are the methods most frequently employed. In some virulent cases in which rapid drainage is necessary, costectomy is the only method for consideration. This always leads to contraction and collapse of the lung to a greater or less degree. During the convalescence these men are held
in convalescent wards, where, at least in this camp, they are put through a series of graduated exercises and
RINEHART SM, OELGOETZ AW. THE TREATMENT OF EMPYEMA: BY FREQUENT ASPIRATION AND THE INJECTION OF SOLUTION OF FORMALDEHYD AND GLYCERIN. JAMA. 1918;71(4):274. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1918.26020300012009d
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