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March 22, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(12):317-320. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.04360010009004

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SURGERY.  The Operation of Estlander (Thoracoplasty). —Dr. Bouilly (Bulletins et Mèmories de la Socèitè de Chirurgie de Paris), having presented before the Sociètè de Chirurgie a patient who, having suffered from chronic empyema, with a pleuro-cutaneous fistula of five years standing, was relieved by the resection of a portion of the sixth and seventh ribs. M. Paul Berger gave a very full and detailed report upon this operation of Estlander's, this thoracoplasty. The report embraces the details of five cases which illustrate fully the mode of treatment, after which Berger proceeds to discuss the operation itself, and the previous modes of handling chest wounds, which led to the establishment of this mode. Resection of the walls of the chest for the more thorough evacuation of pus and for the application of remedies to the cavity has been long practised; but the object which Estlander has in view in his operation

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