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November 26, 1898

DO WE DRAIN TOO FREQUENTLY IN PELVIC SURGERY?

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(22):1291-1293. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450220026002k

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Abstract

Since the publication of a few cases in the February, 1898, number of the Medical Council, I have had a series of pus cases, some of which were of such a serious nature, and of such a virulent infection, that a most thorough test of non-drainage of these cases has been made, and the results in all have been satisfactory and beyond my expectation.

I am fully alive to the fact that there must be a certain (small) percentage of our cases in which death can not be averted whatever the technique may be, but on the other hand I am assured from the careful study of my own, and the cases of other surgeons, during the past five years, that the mortality in pelvic surgery has been kept too high, partly by the indiscriminate use of some form of drainage. Lawson Tait says, "That there is an inevitable mortality

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