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June 9, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(6):577. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670060053018

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Swiss Antituberculosis Association.  —Progress in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis has been so important, in recent years, that the Swiss Antituberculosis Association chose as the main subject of its 1951 meeting (31st scientific meeting, Berne, April 13-14), a program aimed to make clear what has improved the treatment of this disease. One of the most interesting subjects was the treatment of the tuberculous cavity of the lung by the method of Dr. G. Maurer (Davos). In his lecture, Dr. Maurer projected a film to show the delicate details of the nonsurgical speleotomy and better to acquaint the group with a method that aroused great enthusiasm as well as criticism. An animated discussion followed this lecture. It seems that the nonsurgical speleotomy is an interesting way of curing the tuberculous cavity, but it has very limitated indications. The difficult technique of this method and the minutiae of a treatment which must

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