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June 26, 1937

La ponction de la rate

JAMA. 1937;108(26):2251-2252. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780260079035

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The various procedures habitually employed in clinical medicine in studying splenic enlargement and tumors of the left hypochondrium have sometimes yielded meager information. This monograph presents the results of what contribution splenic puncture makes to the understanding of this subject. While the method of splenic puncture is not a new procedure, the revival of its use in clinical medicine was coincident with the keen interest and recent progress in the diseases of the blood forming system. The authors review the historical background of the procedure. Its use for the most part was confined to research studies. In clinical medicine it was used mainly for the study of parasitic diseases. Its restricted use was based on fear of accidents. The authors stress the necessity of the systematic use of this procedure and caution against carelessness in the technic. By virtue of their use of the procedure in this manner they now

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