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March 26, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(13):1016. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680390044019

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Varying Opinions on the Value of the Mikulicz Drain  At several recent sessions of the Societé de chirurgie, discussion has arisen over the subject of postoperative abdominal drainage according to the Mikulicz technic. Prof. Jean Louis Faure is an ardent advocate of this method. He believes that many authentic recoveries from uterine cancer, without recurrence over a long period of years, have been due to postoperative drainage. In addition, it gives security after every operation on the intestine. The two chief opponents of Faure are Prof. Pierre Duval and Professor Lecêne, who regard the Mikulicz drainage as useful if there is previous infection of the operative field, but refuse to adopt it as a routine measure in all abdominal operations, for they allege that it predisposes to eventrations. Others, such as M. Dujarrier, consider it useless in aseptic operations. Professor Faure believes there is no such thing as an aseptic

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