For many years past, the accepted treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis has consisted of hygiene and prolonged rest, and today these well tested methods are still the main source of reliance and give satisfactory results in the great majority of cases. Anyone, however, who sees a considerable number of pulmonary patients must realize that for many of them the sanatorium routine is not enough; they require more radical treatment—some, more active assistance—to put them on the road to recovery. Of late years it has been found possible to supplement rest and hygiene by instituting various surgical measures designed to compress the diseased lung and by putting it at rest to facilitate its healing.
Probably the most satisfactory of these procedures is artificial pneumothorax, in cases in which the absence of adhesions and the presence of a fairly sound lung on the other side make its use possible; while, in the hands
TRUDEAU FB. PHRENIC EXERESIS IN THE TREATMENT OF PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS. JAMA. 1932;98(4):309–312. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730300039010
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