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July 19, 1884

ON SURGICAL TREATMENT OF GANGRENE OF THE LUNG.

JAMA. 1884;III(3):62-68. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390520006001b
Abstract

(Read before the Illinois State Medical Society in May, 1884.)

Since Mosler's drainage of a tuberculous cavity, pulmonary surgery has received considerable attention. Clinical observations have been made by Mosler, Pepper, Koch, Bull, Hollister, and myself, and he subject has been studied in an experimental way by Gluck, Schmidt, and Bloch. In 1882, Bull, of Christiania, was able to tabulate 19 cases where operations had been performed for various kinds of pulmonary cavities. I shall limit my remarks here to cases of acute pulmonary gangrene. So little is known in this branch of surgery that it is safe only to draw conclusions from similar or identical cases. Acute gangrene of the lung, as is well known, is either diffuse or circumscribed. Diffuse pulmonary gangrene has never as yet and probably never will be interfered with surgically. Aside from its being, in ill probability, an inevitably fatal disease, the course it

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