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December 20, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(25):1874-1877. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610510012007

During the past two years many new methods of surgical procedure for the relief of the ever increasing number of cases of empyema following influenza and pneumonia have been brought before the medical profession, and each paper written has been read with keen interest looking toward the ideal operation to limit the duration and the morbidity of this disease.

The surgical staff of the Long Island College Hospital determined that the empyema problem should be carefully studied in as broad a manner as possible. All patients with empyema entering the hospital were assigned to the service in the Carrel-Dakin wards. —Our procedure from October, 1917, to January, 1919, was the resection of from about 2 inches to 2½ inches of a rib and irrigation of the pleural cavity with surgical solution of chlorinated soda (Dakin's solution) through wired tubes after the manner of the treatment used at the Rockefeller Base