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April 1, 1916


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San Francisco Chief Surgeon, Emergency Hospital Service

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(14):1022. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.25810400001015

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After numerous experiences in watching the routine use of the Murphy drip after operations in various hospitals, I have come to the conclusion that half of the distress complained of by patients is due to the retention in the bowel of gas or too much fluid. This is especially so in little children.

For many months I have used a method which consists of the usual container and dripper supplied by all hospitals, with a small glass funnel; a funnel holder, which will fit on the container stand; 5 feet of rubber tubing, with a glass tip, and an ordinary rubber catheter to suit the case. The funnel is to hang on a level with the patient's abdomen. The container is hung so that the dripper will drip into the funnel. The solution is allowed to drip only as fast as it is absorbed, and it is unnecessary to keep

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