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August 26, 1893

ARTIFICIAL OPENING OF PULMONARY CAVITIES, INSERTION OF RUBBER TUBE AND INJECTION OF CHLORINE GAS.Read before the Section of Surgery and Anatomy at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

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JAMA. 1893;XXI(9):297-301. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420610009002a

Mr. President and Gentlemen:-Being a physician, I owe this assembly of surgeons an apology for appearing with a surgical paper. For I know full well that physicians, as a rule, are as incompetent in the practice of surgery as most surgeons are in the practice of medicine. Therefore it is with some hesitation that I venture to submit the following observations and remarks:

The surgery of the thoracic cavity, excepting for the opening of the pleural sac has been heretofore rather forbidden ground, because, as we know, fraught with so many imminent dangers to life. The possibility however, of doing something in a surgical way toward the mitigation or arrest of the course of disease in cases of pulmonary abscess, either benign or tuberculous has occurred to many during years past. As long ago as 1844 a large apex cavity was incised and a drainage tube inserted by Drs. Hastings