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Howard Lilienthal, M.D.
JAMA. 1932;99(3):243. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740550057029.
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To the Editor:  —In the report of the paper which I read in Madrid (The Journal, June 18, p. 2226), there is just one error which should be corrected.Your reviewer states that I have advised that the first opening of a lung abscess should be in its inferior border, and since this is the very thing which I have stated should not be done, it seems to me that a word of correction might be advisable. All the more so because of the extremely careful abstracting of the remainder of the article. Pulmonary abscesses should be rarely, if ever, primarily drained through their lower border for fear of contaminating uninfected pleura. Full gravitational drainage, if necessary, should be reserved for a later operation.


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