Rest is specific for the cure of most active tuberculous lesions. It is granted that many patients with pulmonary tuberculosis have appeared to recover without rest. Credit is due surgeons for the first complete demonstration in joint tuberculosis of the principles of rest, and for their perception that prolonged rest was necessary for complete cure with the absorption of deposits and the reconstruction of damaged structures.
Physicians, in prescribing for patients with pulmonary tuberculosis, have been slow to apply correct principles of rest to lungs which "move" more than a thousand times an hour. Pulmonary tuberculosis is liable to relapse in many instances because rest, prolonged and as complete as possible, is not continuous. In former publications I have called attention to the advantages of postural rest, and in the cases of bilateral apical disease, of the application of shot-bags. Artificial pneumothorax has once more taught physicians the need for
WEBB GB. PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS: PROLONGED REST AND THE ABSORPTION OF DEPOSITS. JAMA. 1925;85(12):867–870. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670120005002
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