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Drainage of the peritoneal cavity is one of the most important subjects connected with abdominal surgery, and yet at the same time, it is one of the most disputed points. The difference of opinion that exists to so marked a degree is due, no doubt, to the fear that the tube may act as a source of septic infection, or by its use the abdominal walls are weakened to such an extent as to favor the development of ventral hernia or the formation of a fistulous tract. It is an accepted fact, that the object of drainage is to remove all those deleterious substances which, if allowed to remain within the peritoneal cavity or any other cavity within the body, would in a greater or lesser degree retard the progress of the case toward recovery, and in many instances endanger, if not sacrifice the life of the patient, I do
HUGHES D. DRAINAGE IN ABDOMINAL SURGERY. Read in the Section of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XIX(2):41–42. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420020013001e
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