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To the Editor:
—In The Journal of Nov. 3, 1951, Dr. W. B. Bergmann raises the question of priority in the use of a vacuum flask for the aspiration of pleural effusions and refers to "Practical System for Thoracentesis Using a Blood Donor Set," by Robert D. Beech (J. A. M. A.146:1597 [Aug. 25] 1951). This method was described and illustrated by us in 1946 (Penetrating Wounds of the Chest, Ann. Surg.123:363 [March] 1946). It is possible that a similar method had been described earlier, as our paper was written in the European Theater and we had little opportunity to check the current literature.
Burke J, Jacobs TT. THORACENTESIS. JAMA. 1951;147(18):1777. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670350057029
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