Resting with a false sense of security on the generally accepted listerian principle, the casual surgeon has not greatly concerned himself with advances in the preparation of the operative field. A large number of surgeons working in open hospitals accept this preparation as a matter of routine. The same unaltered technic may be in vogue many years without revision, until some accident, some grave infection of the wound or even a fatality will call attention to a fault in the technic. Recently Meleney,1 from the service of the Presbyterian Hospital in New York, surveyed the cases of infection of the wound over a period of ten years and found that 12.5 per cent of the clean wounds showed some type of inflammatory reaction. In a recent symposium from the New York hospitals it was found that in about 3 per cent of all of the laparotomies there was some
BECK WC. PREPARATION OF OPERATIVE FIELD: REPORT OF A SURVEY OF SEVENTEEN SURGICAL TEACHING CLINICS. Arch Surg. 1936;33(5):876–889. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1936.01190050145008
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