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Although the number of lobectomized patients under the observation of any one surgeon must necessarily be small, yet the report of their condition months or years after operation cannot fail to be of scientific value. As a criterion of normal health the vital capacity should not be neglected and it may finally become of importance in deciding on the comparative value of various operative procedures. It must, however, be considered as a single, though significant, factor in estimating the state of health of a patient after resection of the lung. To the patient himself, provided he is comfortable and able to lead an apparently normal life, the vital capacity will probably be of far less moment than fetor, cough, fever and expectoration. From the surgeon's point of view a reading approaching normal should not be considered as important as the elimination of the signs of disease for which the patient
LILIENTHAL H. VITAL CAPACITY FOLLOWING LOBECTOMY. Arch Surg. 1926;12(1):286-287. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1926.01130010290017