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July 18, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(12):1163-1164. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690120079023

Cytological Tests for Lung Cancer.  —At the Thoracic Surgery Department of the Copenhagen City Hospital of Øresund, directed by Dr. Tage Kjaer, much work has been done recently in diagnosis of lung cancer by the microscopic examination of presumptive tumor cells found in the bronchi and sputum. Valuable pioneer work has been done in this field by Dr. H. H. Wandall, whose study, published in 1944, showed that tumor cells could be found in 84% of patients suffering from primary bronchogenic cancer. Commenting on this study in Nordisk medicin for May 8, 1953, Dr. J. Iversen emphasizes the importance of Wandall's investigations because they included a large number of patients who were not suffering from malignant disease of the lungs and, therefore, who served as controls. Dr. Iversen's study from the above-mentioned Thoracic Surgery Department concerned 124 cases of primary bronchogenic cancer, in 57 of which (46%) malignant cells were

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