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When a case of gunshot wound of the lung is received into a hospital, the surgical treatment of the wounds of entrance and exit is now-a-days most careful. The wounds are asepticized, a sterile gauze or an air-tight dressing is applied, and as a rule they heal nicely if the patient survives the shock and hemorrhage of the injury.
The point to be made in this communication is that a case of gunshot or other penetrating wound of the lung should never be placed in a general surgical ward, even should the general condition be excellent and the patient not need a special nurse.
Numerous investigations of the bacteriology of the air in surgical wards have uniformly and conclusively shown that the air is strongly contaminated by bacteria; these investigations are so well known and their results so generally accepted that it is unnecessary to refer to the literature.
STOVER GH. A SUGGESTION AS TO TREATMENT OF GUNSHOT WOUNDS OF THE LUNGS. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(3):153. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430810037001m
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