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This work by a French surgeon is of extreme interest as showing the continued progress made in thoracic surgery in France as well as in other countries during the recent war. There is a good introduction with historical review of thoracic surgery. The principles of collapse therapy and the anatomic considerations are thoroughly discussed. There is a chapter devoted to the functional study of the lungs before operation which is excellent. Thoracoplasty, extra-pleural pneumothorax, cavitary drainage and phrenic nerve paralysis are all discussed. The indications are especially well studied. There is a separate section on combinations of collapse therapy measures and another on the treatment of empyemas complicating pneumothorax.
The book is well illustrated with sketches and diagrams, the reproduction of roentgenograms is excellent and there are numerous illustrations of the use of tomography. This book is highly recommended for use by thoracic surgeons and phthisiologists.
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