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A short time ago a very interesting discussion on this subject was had at a meeting of the Academy of Medicine of New York. Were there nothing else to show the importance of the subject, the fact that it was made a special subject of discussion in the Section of Theory and Practice of Medicine of the Academy is sufficient. And it may be said that almost the last days of his promising life were spent by the lamented E. Darwin Hudson in the preparation of the work for that evening, in order to secure a representative discussion.
One of the most important papers read was by Dr. L. Emmett Holt, on "Spontaneous Absorption in Empyema in Children, and the relative Advantage in Children of Aspiration and Early Incision." While spontaneous absorption may possibly occur it is very rare, and it is evident that the chances of recovery by Nature's
THE MANAGEMENT OF EMPYEMA. JAMA. 1887;IX(3):83–84. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400020019004
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