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December 10, 1949

The Technique of Pulmonary Resection

JAMA. 1949;141(15):1105. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910150071028

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Drs. Overholt and Langer discuss the technic of pulmonary resection. By pulmonary resections the authors mean not only pneumonectomy but also lobectomy and segmental resection.

Anatomy is clearly outlined. Inasmuch as the relative position of the important vessels to each segment, lobe and lung is different, the authors describe the technic for resection of each separately. Space is devoted to preoperative and postoperative treatment and anesthesia.

The book is authoritative. Dr. Overholt had much to do with the development of the technic of individual ligation of the vascular and bronchial structures to each segment, lobe and lung, and the operative procedures discussed are those which he uses. The authors, for the good reasons which they present, favor the posterior approach wherever possible, and this approach is the one described for pneumomectomy, lobectomy and certain segmental resections. Although the emphasis of the book is on the technic of operation, a short

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