Although the majority of thoracic diseases that are potentially surgical come within the scope of the thoracic surgeon, it is evident to all practitioners that lesions of the chest that are amenable to surgical therapy must be recognized early. Obviously, proper care of the patient with chest disease cannot be carried out otherwise. Since the limit of this paper does not permit discussion of the diagnosis and treatment of chest disease in detail, consideration will be given only to some of the more recent advances in management of those lesions of the lung, pleura, and tracheobronchial tree that are frequently encountered by the surgeon and are of particular interest to the medical profession as a whole.
CARCINOMA OF LUNG
Diagnostic methods for the detection of carcinoma of the lung have been perfected to such a degree that one can expect a positive diagnosis in approximately 85% of the cases. The
James W. Nixon, John F. Perry. ADVANCES IN DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF SURGICAL PULMONARY DISEASE. JAMA. 1952;148(8):591–594. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930080001001