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March 2, 1940

CLINICAL STUDIES OF PRIMARY CARCINOMA OF THE LUNG: AN ANALYSIS OF SEVENTY-FIVE CASES, TWENTY-ONE OF WHICH WERE TREATED BY PNEUMONECTOMY OR LOBECTOMY

JAMA. 1940;114(9):735-742. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810090013005
Abstract

Before a disease entity can be satisfactorily brought under control, the medical profession as a whole must become interested in the disease. In order to arouse interest in the condition, it must be shown that the occurrence is frequent enough to be of practical importance and that something can be offered in the way of efficient therapy. It is our purpose in this paper to show that primary carcinoma of the lung is a disease that deserves this interest. Consideration will be given to its incidence, its early clinical manifestations, the available methods of diagnosis and treatment, and the results of a clinical analysis of seventy-five cases, in twenty-one of which treatment was either by lobectomy or by pneumonectomy.

INCIDENCE  The lung can now be shown to be a common, rather than a rare, site for the development of a primary malignant growth. Autopsy material from general hospitals, where admissions

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