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December 7, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(14):1819-1820. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.72980320001011

The need for a simple reliable technique for bronchography has been accented by the increased range and utility of this diagnostic procedure. The advent of readily eliminated contrast mediums and safer topical anesthetics are responsible for this change, and bronchography is now used as a diagnostic tool for many parenchymal, as well as bronchial, disorders of the lung. It should be stated that none of the individual features of the technique to be described are original, and that its present status was achieved by trial and error from methods developed by others.1

Premedication for bronchography is accomplished with pentobarbital (Nembutal): 0.1 Gm. for a stoical or composed person and 0.15 to 0.2 Gm. for an anxious or corpulent patient. This is given orally one hour prior to bronchography. Atropine sulfate (0.4 mg. for a person weighing 88 to 132 lb. [40 to 60 kg.] and 0.6 mg. for one