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March 21, 1896


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JAMA. 1896;XXVI(12):558-559. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430640010001c

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The position taken by some of the writers and operators quoted under the heading of celiotomy, in a paper read by Dr. Porter, of Fort Wayne, Ind., if correctly reported, may lead to misconception and error if permitted to go unchallenged by the profession. First, the author of the paper quoted Prandin, who says in regard to general puerperal peritonitis: "The women die, no matter what form of treatment is employed." Dr. Baldy says, as quoted: "To my knowledge there has never been reported an undoubted case of general purulent peritonitis, from any cause whatever, in which an abdominal section or any other line of treatment, has succeeded in saving the patient's life."

The writer of this paper above referred to, viz., Dr. Porter, signalizes these statements quoted as being wrong, and he desired to arouse a sentiment against the too prevalent idea, that in septic peritonitis death is inevitable,

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