After three years' experience with the use of the duodenal tube in preoperative and postoperative abdominal conditions, we have become convinced of its almost endless possibilities for good. For more than two years we were using it for postoperative complications, without knowing that it was being used for the same conditions by others. Its use as a permanent drain and vent was first brought to our attention at Pecos, Texas, by Dr. James Camp, who was using it in a case of postoperative peritonitis following appendicitis. Although there have been five or six articles calling it to the attention of the profession, we believe that it is still not being used to the extent it merits. It is our belief that it is one of the most important adjuncts to diagnosis and treatment, in both medical and surgical cases, invented in recent years.
Experimental workers and surgeons have been devoting
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