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April 24, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(17):1283. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.26720430003009b

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In an effort to increase the neatness and dispatch of an operation, to reduce infection, and to minimize the trauma and manipulation, especially in operations under local anesthesia, these aspirating devices were made. They have proved so useful that I feel justified in publishing a description of them.

The aspirator is not a new apparatus in the surgical clinic, but its application is daily becoming more general and its use, once one becomes accustomed to it, is nearly indispensable. By its use, fluids in the wound or in a cavity may be quickly removed from the field, thus keeping the operating table neat and tidy. Since the aspirator can be used in a wound to remove obscuring fluids while the operator proceeds with his manipulations, nearly obviating the necessity for sponging, the speed of an operator can be materially increased. By removing pus from cavities without spilling, a large amount

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