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February 16, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XII(7):224-228. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400840008002

SUPPURATIVE PERITONITIS; ITS DIAGNOSIS AND MEDICAL TREATMENT, WITH THE LIMITATIONS OF THE LATTER.  Read before the Fort Wayne Academy of Medicine, Fort Wayne, Ind., October 22,1888.BY G. W. McCASKEY, A.M., M.D., PROFESSOR THEORY AND PRACTICE OF MEDICINE, FORT WAYNE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, FORT WAYNE, IND.The subject forming the topic of the discussion which I have been invited to open to-night, may be safely said to embody some of the most important as well as some of the most difficult problems in practical medicine now presenting themselves for solution. It will be impracticable, as well as, in my opinion, inexpedient to absolutely limit the discussion to the suppurative form of the disease. For there will be in many cases a transitional period during which the treatment will have to be conducted with reference to a possible suppurative process, which cannot be diagnosticated with sufficient precision to justify the radical