Since the dawn of the era when the abdominal cavity began to be invaded, the fear of peritonitis has been the dominant factor retarding the advancement in this field of surgery.
After the discovery of the germ theory of infection the fear was of the liability of infection from without, but after the perfection of methods calculated to avoid infection from without the surgical mind was dominated by a dread of infection from pathologic material found within the cavity, and in late years the sole purpose has been to formulate a rational pathology and treatment that would enable us to cope successfully with this condition. These efforts have been so abundantly rewarded that to-day we are usually able to suspect or to diagnose diffuse suppurative peritonitis in its earliest stages and to enter on its treatment with an assurance that a vast majority of the patients may be saved.
ALLABEN JE. TREATMENT OF DIFFUSE SUPPURATIVE PERITONITIS: WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO ENTEROCLYSIS AND DRAINAGE THROUGH THE CECUM. JAMA. 1910;LIV(12):939–941. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550380001001f
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