Book Reviews
February 1945

Artificial Pneumothorax in Pulmonary Tuberculosis.

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By T. N. Rafferty, M.D. Price, $4.00. Pp. 192, with 26 illustrations. New York: Grune & Stratton, 1944.

Am J Dis Child. 1945;69(2):134. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1945.02020140066015

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The author of this valuable and interesting book on artificial pneumothorax was formerly resident physician at the William H. Maybury Sanitorium (the Detroit Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitorium), Northville, Mich.

The book is divided into three main sections: general considerations, choice of cases and management.

The various forms of collapse therapy are considered the greatest advance in the control of tuberculosis since the value of rest in bed was first appreciated. The author points out however, that the available statistics have often been misinterpreted, and that the value of collapse therapy will be more and more evident as there comes to be a more proper selection between cases suitable for treatment by artificial pneumothorax and those in which thoracoplasty or some other method is the treatment of choice. The advance in the technic of closed intrapleural pneumolysis, without which an adequate collapse of the diseased portion of the lung is often impossible,

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