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January 1925

THE REACTION OF THE PLEURA TO PARTICULATE MATTER, ESPECIALLY IN THE PRESENCE OF PNEUMOTHORAX: A PRELIMINARY REPORT

Author Affiliations

Consulting Surgeon to Chicago-Winfield Tuberculosis Sanitarium; Adjunct Attending Surgeon, Michael Reese Hospital; Instructor in Surgery, Northwestern University CHICAGO
From the Nelson Morris Memorial Institute for Medical Research of the Michael Reese Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1925;10(1):523-530. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1925.01120100535029

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Abstract

About a month ago, I presented, at a meeting of the Chicago Surgical Society, some preliminary reports of expermiental work I had been carrying out on the absorptive power of the pleura. Dr. Hedblom, who was present, thought that these notes might be of sufficient interest to read to you.

While carrying on some experiments which had nothing to do with this present problem, I injected 1 c.c. of India ink into the pleural cavity of a number of dogs. When these dogs were necropsied some four days later, I was surprised to see that the pleural cavities were clear, and that, except for the black lines marking the intercostal lymph channels and the staining of the lymph channels on the diaphragm and the pigmentation of the mediastinal lymph nodes, no trace of the India ink was to be found.

I repeated these experiments on rabbits and here again found

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