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February 24, 1923

BELGIUM

JAMA. 1923;80(8):568. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640350050027

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Abstract

Dyspnea and Pneumothorax  At a recent meeting of the Academy of Medicine, Dautrebande and Spehl presented an important study on the causes of dyspnea and of death in open pneumothorax. They conclude that surgical pneumothorax induces dyspnea owing to anoxemia, and that this condition, characterized mainly by a superficial and rapid respiration that soon becomes dangerous, can be combated by the administration of oxygen.

Spermatic or Seminal Cysts  Before the Belgian Urologic Society, Dr. Cantinaux presented recently the results of his researches on the origin of bilateral spermatic cysts, and discussed their relationship with syphilis.

Drainage in Empyema  Speaking before the Belgian Surgical Society, Willems stated that he had tried several times reversible drainage, but that he had obtained only mediocre results; for generalized purulent pleurisies, at least, he regards it as insufficient. In the case of patients confined to the bed, he performs a posterior thoracotomy (Walther method) in

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