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January 22, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(4):98-100. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391290014006

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If there be one well established principle of modern surgery it is that suppurating cavities must be treated by incision and drainage, wherever this cavity may be located. The great strides made in the surgery of suppuration of internal organs warrants us in saying that at no distant day abscesses of the pancreas will be treated on the same principles as abscesses elsewhere. "Asepsis and effective drainage," says Dr. Senn, in the valuable monograph to which we called attention in the last issue but one of The Journal, "are the two cardinal points upon which we have learned to depend in the treatment of abscesses in important organs or cavities. If we can secure and maintain these two essential conditions, we can attack with immunity and a fair hope of success, any abscess wherever it may be located, and whatever its immediate surroundings may be." As the case now stands

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