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April 12, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(15):1611-1615. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820150001001

Tuberculosis of the trachea and bronchus is the most discussed phase of diseases of the chest today. Numerous studies have appeared in recent years which have served to stimulate interest and encourage further effort. This condition had been recorded by pathologists long before the subject claimed the attention of the clinician. Carswell1 and Louis2 reported their autopsy results as long ago as 1838 and 1844 respectively. Prior to 1932 an occasional unanticipated bronchoscopic observation was reported. Since then bronchoscopy has been frequently performed on tuberculous patients. The writings of Krause,3 Schonwald,4 Andrews,5 Vinson,6 Eloesser,7 Van Allen,8 McConkey and Greenberg,9 Samson,10 Barnwell,11 Bugher, Littig and Culp,12 Ornstein and Epstein,13 Werner,14 Kernan,15 Ballon,16 Phelps17 and others have contributed a share toward a better understanding of this subject.

This paper is based on clinical observations and