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In my first sixty· three laparotomy cases, dependence had been placed upon a drainage tube that was so efficient, so ready at hand, and so simple in its workings that I thought it good enough to be patented. That drainage tube was the patient's intestine, running through the middle of the great lymph bag of the abdomen, and ready to abstract from the sac any collection of fluid that was enticing to microbes, and to set it out of doors where their fatal breath would be exhaled into valueless space as they fought for possession of the sports.
Deliquescent salts passed through the alimentary canal or injected into my drainage tube by way of the anas had cleared the great lymph sac by osmosis so regularly and with such ease that any other sort of tube seemed to be a superfluity.
But one day this fine drainage tube failed. The
MORRIS RT. AN ABDOMINAL WICK.Read in the Section of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Washington, D. C., May 1891. JAMA. 1891;XVII(4):152–154. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410820028001e
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