There is no particular treatment of pulmonary suppuration that will be equally satisfactory in all cases. It is unwise at present to attempt to standardize the treatment of these conditions. On the contrary, each case must be judged by itself, and the best results will be obtained if such cases are studied by a team consisting of a medical man experienced in this kind of work, a surgeon with equal experience, and a skilled bronchoscopist.
The method of treatment selected for a case of acute pulmonary abscess will depend largely on its location. There are, roughly, three main types of acute suppuration: those cases in which the lesion is chiefly about the hilum; those in which it is at the periphery of the lung, and, finally, the cases of multiple abscess. Any of these conditions may become chronic and may be associated with bronchiectasis. In children the frequency of the
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