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September 14, 1940

Artificial Pneumothorax: Its Practical Application in the Treatment of Pulmonary Tuberculosis

JAMA. 1940;115(11):957-958. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810370065031

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Those interested in collapse therapy are fortunate in having such a logical statement of the broad principles underlying the employment of artificial pneumothorax in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. The historical background is brief but clearly descriptive of what has gone before, and the facts presented serve as a base line from which the operation may intelligently proceed with the assurance of past results.

The chapter on physiology is well presented and supplies the fundamental physiologic phenomena which should be understood by every one who practices or contemplates the practice of pneumothorax. In the chapter on selection of cases, indications and contraindications are briefly but clearly presented. The authors obviously recognize the danger of drawing hard and fast lines with dogmatic recommendations. They frankly state that experience on the part of the operator serves as a valuable supplement to any proposed criteria for the selection of cases. On the whole,

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