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December 30, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(27):2392-2398. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800520018004

The recent voluminous literature on bronchiogenic carcinoma calls for justification in the presentation of a small group of cases. It may be said, however, that the capacity for early recognition of this disease has not kept pace with the increasing realization of its importance as a common condition. The trend of opinion about pathologic entities, in the present scheme of things, is a curious mixture of diverging views, few of which are not empirical. The importance of certain phases of problems depends on the frequency of reiteration from authoritative sources. It is unfortunate that we do not live in a medical utopia where some central registering agency, demanding uniformity of data, could have available the totality of facts on proved cases of any one condition. Things being as they are, however, we wish to emphasize the pathologic, clinical and roentgenologic nonconformity of bronchiogenic carcinoma, and we base our paper on