Surgery Illustrated
April 1957

Carcinoma of the Lung

Author Affiliations

New Orleans

From the Departments of Surgery, Ochsner Clinic and Tulane Medical School, and Charity Hospital of Louisiana. Fellow of the American Cancer Society (Dr. Schramel).

AMA Arch Surg. 1957;74(4):642-646. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1957.01280100160028

Introduction  Since 1934 we have seen 1360 patients with a definite clinical diagnosis of carcinoma of the lung on the Tulane Services at Charity Hospital of Louisiana and at the Ochsner Clinic. Analysis of these cases is presented to emphasize the common clinical features of this serious visceral tumor. It is increasingly recognized that there is considerable variability in the characteristics of malignant disease as reported from different institutions. This usually results from differences in methods of reporting or from factors of selection operating in these institutions rather than from variations in the disease itself. We therefore believe that information derived from a study of all cases seen in a large public hospital and a large private hospital serving the same area should be generally applicable.An increasing incidence of occurrence of this tumor is being reported throughout the civilized world. Survival rates remain distressingly low. This is all the

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