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December 17, 1887

SUBPERIOSTEAL RESECTION OF A RIB FOR EMPYEMA IN CHILDREN; RECOVERY.Read before the Chicago Medical Society, October 17, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;IX(25):779-780. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400240011001e

I have within the past two years made subperiosteal resection of a segment of a rib for empyema in two young persons, one a boy of 6 and the other a youth of 17 years of age. The results have been so satisfactory that I desire to place the cases on record at the present time, particularly so, since able authority has recently condemned the operation in children.

Case 1.—In May, 1886, I saw in consultation with Dr. Charles Venn, of this city, a boy 6 years of age. The father, mother and other children of the family were perfect pictures of health. The boy was large for his age, and up to his present illness had always enjoyed the best of health. Four weeks prior he began to cough, and eight or nine days later evidences of an effusion into the right pleural cavity were manifest. In spite of