To the average surgeon, the Murphy treatment of diffuse suppurative peritotis needs no introduction. Its preeminence as a life saver in this class of cases has gained for it almost universal recognition. Its results, in the light of past experience, have been nothing short of marvelous, and there no longer can be a question of doubt as to its efficacy, but, like every other thing, the principles of which are not fully understood, it has been modified according to individual notion until in some instances it has been shorn of much of its value.
It was with the wish of correcting these false and dangerous innovations which have not only marred the work of individual operators, but have crept into literature, that I applied to Dr. Murphy for an outline of his treatment. In response, he sent me the subjoined extract from an as yet unpublished paper, with permission to
GILLIAM DT. THE ADJUSTABLE CANVAS CHAIR AS AN AID TO THE MURPHY TREATMENT OF DIFFUSE SUPPURATIVE PERITONITIS. JAMA. 1908;LI(14):1133–1134. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410140015002c
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