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February 1951


Author Affiliations

From the Anesthesia Laboratory of the Harvard Medical School at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1951;62(2):206-238. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1951.01250030211005

SEPARATION of essential procedures from the nonessential is one of the primary goals of the work done by my colleagues and me on anesthesia for thoracic surgery. We have tried and are trying to give answers to various problems in this field in terms of objective data. It seems to us that such a simplifying approach is necessary if procedures are to be soundly accepted or rejected. Clarification is important not only for the thoracic surgeon but for the well trained general surgeon who, more and more, is occupied with surgery in or through the thorax.

THE LOBECTOMY—PNEUMONECTOMY GROUP  In some clinics anesthesia procedures for lobectomy or pneumonectomy have varied considerably in recent years and have been growing more complicated. This contrasts with our practice, which has tended to become more stable and simple with the passage of time. The technic which has crystallized from the uncertainties of earlier years

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