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July 9, 1892

PERITONEAL IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE.Read in the Obstetrical Section at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June 7, 1892.

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JAMA. 1892;XIX(2):37-41. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420020009001d

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If an apology for presenting a paper before this great body of learned men, is necessary, my excuse is, the diversity of opinion among surgeons, and in some instances ignorance, of when and how to use intraperitoneal irrigation and drainage. You will find one surgeon using neither, another resorts to drainage alone in some of the many ways of using, another uses both according to his ideas, which of course he is entitled to follow, provided he gets the good results from his method of using these agents that are obtained by other surgeons perhaps by a different method.

The latest works on abdominal and pelvic surgery contain, like the older books, very short and misleading articles on the indications for peritoneal irrigation and drainage, and still less explicit are the directions how to use these agents for good intelligently and correctly. This diversity of opinion among revolving book rack

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