May 21, 1955

A Practical Manual of Diseases of the Chest

JAMA. 1955;158(3):237-238. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960030087037

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This is the fourth edition of a British textbook, first published in 1935. This book considers acute and chronic respiratory diseases, including those of the upper respiratory tract, in a systematic manner. The present edition of this British textbook mentions many of the advances in diagnosis and treatment that have been developed during the 19 years that have elapsed since the book was first published, but it appears that much of the original outdated material has been preserved. Roentgenograms are reproduced in reversed tone (white shadows appear as black), which may destroy their value for many readers. Thoracic surgeons will not be pleased with the melancholy skepticism expressed for many of their efforts. The surgical treatment of such common conditions as pulmonary tuberculosis, tuberculous and nontuberculous empyema, and pulmonary abscess is not described according to current practice in the United States. The resection of symptomless pulmonary nodules prior to diagnosis

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