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December 29, 1951


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918 Forest Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich.

JAMA. 1951;147(18):1777. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670350057028

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To the Editor:  —With reference to the article in The Journal (146:1597 [Aug. 25] 1951) entitled "Practical System for Thoracentesis Using a Blood Donor Set," by Dr. Robert D. Beech, of Salt Lake City, and to the letter concerning this article from Dr. W. B. Bergmann (147:990 [Nov. 3] 1951), in which he also claims priority for the procedure; I first used a vacuum bottle for thoracentesis about 35 years ago and had supposed the method to be in more or less general use. I had at that time in my office a particularly good suction pump for cleaning pipets. When this pump was attached to a 4-qt. bottle, sufficient vacuum was obtained to aspirate 3 qt. of fluid. I claim no priority for this procedure, as it was being used by others at that time at the University Hospital in Ann Arbor.

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