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May 19, 1928

The Pneumothorax and Surgical Treatment of Pulmonary Tuberculosis.

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By Clive Riviere, M.D., F.R.C.P., Physician, City of London Hospital for Diseases of the Heart and Lungs. Second edition. Cloth. Price, $3.25. Pp. 311, with 16 illustrations. New York: Oxford University Press, 1927.

JAMA. 1928;90(20):1657. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690470063041

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The author, in his preface, says that he has drawn largely on his own unsupported material. It is evident, indeed, that he has used to good advantage his valuable experience. The book is useful in that it covers thoroughly the new fields of pneumothorax treatment and the new thoracic surgery. The latter subject has been approached, the author says, from the point of view of the physician, no attempt to enter into the surgical details having been made. Riviere says truly that, when pneumothorax has failed, the physician can no longer fold his hands and abandon the patient to fate. He must at once inquire whether and how far thoracic surgery can supply his needs. It is for the physician to advise his patient in this matter. To do this, says the author, he must have a knowledge of what thoracic surgery has done and of what it is likely

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