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May 1923

THORACOPLASTIC COMPRESSION OF THE LUNG IN PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS

Author Affiliations

SAN FRANCISCO

From the Division of Surgery, Stanford University Medical School.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1923;31(5):701-738. doi:10.1001/archinte.1923.00110170083006
Abstract

I. MEDICAL ASPECTS (PHILIP KING BROWN)  There is but one therapeutic agency in the treatment of tuberculosis that has stood the test of all time, and that is rest. For many years the technic of rest has been studied and notable contributions to it have come into general use. A few are in the developmental stage and deserve study and trial in well selected cases. The five methods in addition to rest in bed which have been proposed for producing relative immobilization of all or part of one side of the lungs are: (1) (a) Postural rest, lying twenty-three and one-half hours a day on the affected side in one-sided cases, advocated by Webb. (b) Sand bags on the affected part (Sewell), giving, to less degree, the same result. (2) Section of the phrenic nerve in the neck on the affected side, causing paralysis of one half of the diaphragm

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