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February 7, 1885

Transactions of the New Hampshire Medical Society at its Ninety-fourth Annual Session, 1884.

JAMA. 1885;IV(6):167. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390810027016

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From among the various interesting papers we abstract the following, from " Respiratory Irrigation in the Treatment of Empyema," by E. S. Berry, M.D. The author considers that the steps in the treatment of empyema are these: Aspiration; free drainage and frequent washing out of cavity; Listerism; suction to the compressed lung. The plan of treatment was suggested by C. McIvor Goyder, Esq., in the Lancet of March, 1881. The patient was a previously healthy boy, ten years of age. After three months' sickness, with fever and pain in side, etc., an opening was made in the sixth interspace on a line with the axilla. A tube was passed into the opening. This, after leaving the chest, passed through a rubber disc, about five inches in diameter, which fitted close to the chest-wall and held the tube in place. Over this a rubber bandage encircled the chest. This tube passed through

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