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Generalisation of salt infusions

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 11 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:703

The subcutaneous infusion of salt solution has proved of great benefit in the treatment of collapse after severe operations. The practice, it may be said, developed from two sources: the new method of transfusion where water, instead of another person's blood, is injected into the patient's veins; and flushing of the peritoneum, introduced by Lawson …

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