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April 5, 1958

An Introduction to Chest Surgery

JAMA. 1958;166(14):1795-1796. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990140129027

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This short and yet comprehensive monograph is an excellent book for any student or practitioner interested in chest diseases. The first chapter deals with the physiology of the lungs. The author's statement, "Bronchial obstruction is just as much an acute surgical emergency as intestinal obstruction," suggests that he has had relatively little experience in the treatment of intestinal obstruction. However, the chapter is well done, as is the second chapter on surgical anatomy. Roentgenography of the chest is adequately covered, as is bronchoscopy. One chapter is devoted to the technique of pulmonary resections, including preoperative and postoperative care. The illustrations are line drawings and are excellently done. The x-rays are reproduced well. There is an excellent chapter on the chest wall and pleura, including injuries and inflammatory and neoplastic lesions. There is a rather long chapter on empyema; in fact, empyema is considered in greater detail than is probably necessary

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