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July 27, 1912


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JAMA. 1912;LIX(4):249-252. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270070248004

While the subject of peritoneal drainage is an old one and its indications are quite well settled, yet in technic and laws governing it we are not all agreed, and I fancy it must be thoroughly studied further along those lines. Its mastery, like that of aerostatics, will require still more patient and scientific investigation and the practical application of the knowlege thus obtained. I therefore offer no apology for a few details concerning gynecologic pelvic drainage.

HISTORY  Hippocrates1 recommendedthe use of drainage-tubes in the treatment of pleural effusions and Celsus2 used conical lead and brass tubes for drainage in abdominal ascites. Down through the centuries these tubes of metal have been used, though recently to a much less extent, and during the past thirty years in abdominal surgery the glass tube, introduced by Koeberle, in 1867, and modified by Keith and Wells, has succeeded it, and in