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March 10, 1917


Author Affiliations

Superintendent, Tuberculosis Hospital; Physician in Charge, Tuberculosis Dispensary; Clinical Instructor in Medicine, George Washington University Medical School WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(10):770. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270030102009

In presenting these cases I wish to call attention to a simple, rational method of treating acute abscess of the lung, namely, artificial pneumothorax. This treatment is being universally used in pulmonary tuberculosis. A few cases of its use in old chronic lung abscess have been reported, but I have been able to find only one report in American medical literature of the use of compression of the lung in any condition similar to these acute pulmonary abscesses. Greer1 reports a case, following pneumonia, of interlobar empyema draining through the bronchus, in which he effected a cure by compressing the lung with nitrogen, all symptoms clearing up in three weeks. I have only two cases to report, but as this work has been done without any previous experience as a guide, and is, so far as I know, an original method of procedure in these acute abscesses, I feel

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