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July 25, 1959

Treatment of Lung Cavities and Endobronchial Tuberculosis, with Special Reference to Treatment in Malaya

JAMA. 1959;170(13):1613. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010130117041

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This small volume records the experiences with pulmonary tuberculosis by physicians of excellent qualifications under primitive conditions in Malaya as it is today, a country of widespread disease. The experiences of the staff physicians at the General Hospital at Johore Bahru are recorded in detail. The authors elucidate a condition first described by Carswell in 1838 and about which Zurik noted "Even in 1954, the true involvement of the trachea and bronchi in pulmonary tuberculosis is far from clear,... its frequency is still greatly underestimated." Some physicians, although aware of the condition, are not fully conversant with the important part it plays in the treatment of the patient. Even if surgery is not contemplated, the author hopes that this work will clarify certain points and help other workers in the field to understand some of the problems which confront the physician. This study nwas confined to adults among a population

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