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November 3, 1951


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354 Hobart St., Oakland 12, Calif.

JAMA. 1951;147(10):990. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670270080029

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To the Editor:  —With reference to the article in The Journal (146:1597 [Aug. 25] 1951) entitled "Practical System for Thoracocentesis Using the Blood Donor Set," by Dr. Robert D. Beech of Salt Lake City, may I point out that I discussed exactly the same method in a letter in M.D. (3:88 [Feb.] 1951), a journal for students and recent graduates in medicine, published at Chicago. I said in this note: "For aspirating pleural effusions I find the following method time-saving and more pleasant for the patient as it permits removal of fluid under equal pressure and without juggling the needle. I use a vacoliter® flask of 450 cc. (as used for transfusions) and connect the 17 gauge needle with a thin rubber tube, which is armed with another 17 gauge needle. The latter I insert in the vacoliter® flask. The fluid is drawn out by the vacuum in

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