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September 5, 1908

THE CARE OF PATIENTS AFTER ABDOMINAL SECTION;WITH ESPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE PERIOD OF TIME THEY SHOULD BE KEPT RECUMBENT.

JAMA. 1908;LI(10):834-835. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410100034001h
Abstract

Having heard so much in discussion and having read so much in medical journals about allowing patients to get out of bed after abdominal operations in from five to ten days, it has occurred to me to ask why it is needful to do these things; what are the results from doing these things; and, wherein is the new idea an improvement on the old.

I am just old-fashioned enough to believe that it is harmful, in a vast majority of the cases generally subjected to severe abdominal operations, to get patients up in the short periods of time which are being advocated by so many at present; and I still adhere to my plan of keeping most patients recumbent for two or three weeks. With the exception of appendectomies, not acute, I would say that no patient having an abdominal section should sit up before sixteen or eighteen days,

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