Too frequently the haste occasioned by apparent clinical necessity leads to the introduction of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures without full scientific knowledge regarding the detailed action of such procedures on the body. It is this failure fully to test such procedures before employing them that leads to an abandonment of many forms of therapy recommended on the basis of strict clinical studies. From the enormous mass of material presented each year, a certain small portion of good may eventually be derived either, though rarely, through the employment of procedures in their complete form, as originally presented, or in a form decidedly restricted or limited by subsequent experience and study. Many attempts have been made to institute intrapulmonary types of therapy; but, thus far, all have led to uncertain success. Such attempts, in which category may be included the introduction of antiseptics into the lungs by inhalation, have uniformly proved not
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