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July 12, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(2):63-64. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410280023002

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Treatment of Purulent Pleurisy of Injections.  —M. Fernet reports to the Soc. Méd. des Hôpitaux (Jour. de Méd, May, 1890), his success in the treatment of a case of pleurisy involving principally the diaphragm. A puncture was made and 200 grams of pus removed, after which 15 grams of Van Sweeten's liquid was injected. This operation was repeated each three or four days and at the end of ten days the symptoms had improved, and the fever disappeared. At the eighth séance, more than 200 grams of pus was removed, and the failure of the injections having been demonstrated recourse was had to naphthol, that it was thought, owing to its unsolubility, might remain longer in the cavity. The solution of M. Bouchard, consisting of naphthol β 5 grams, alcohol 33 grams and water 62 grams was used. Fifteen to twenty grams of this solution was thrown into the cavity

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