ARTHUR L. FORSGREN, M.D.
Rapid advances have been made in the treatment of empyema thoracis with the advent of penicillin, especially with its use intrapleurally. In all probability, the full therapeutic potentialities of penicillin have not been fully explored. The classical indications for surgical intervention in the treatment of empyema have been modified extensively by penicillin. Finland et al.1 expressed the opinion that more than one-half of all cases of empyema can be cured by repeated aspirations and local instillations of penicillin into the pleural cavity.
There is general agreement that certain indications for early surgical treatment persist. Included among these indications are: the
FORSGREN AL. A CASE OF A PUTRID EMPYEMA WITH A BRONCHOPLEURAL FISTULA SUCCESSFULLY TREATED WITH PENICILLIN1. Ann Intern Med. ;31:691–697. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-31-4-691
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1949;31(4):691-697.
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