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September 5, 1908

PRESENT STATUS OF SURGERY OF THE THORAXAND THE VALUE OF THE SAUERBRUCH NEGATIVE PRESSURE PROCEDURE IN THE PREVENTION OF PNEUMOTHORAX.

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Oberarzt and Chief of the Surgical Poliklinik, University of Marburg. GERMANY.

JAMA. 1908;LI(10):808-815. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410100008001c
Abstract

When I was accorded the honor of an invitation to deliver an address before the Section on Surgery and Anatomy, of the American Medical Association, it occurred to me that it would be a suitable opportunity to present the modern methods employed for opening the thoracic cavity and to give you the results of many personal experiences obtained during the past four years in the use of my pneumatic cabinet. The inefficiency of the methods in vogue up to that time prompted me at the solicitation of my then chief, von Mikulicz, to endeavor to devise a method of operation which would obviate the dangers incident to thoracic surgery. I began by analyzing the methods used to prevent the occurrence of pneumothorax, especially the method of artificial respiration which had been used extensively and successfully in animal experiments for more than a hundred years, and, more recently, in an improved

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