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In comparing the conditions of surgical resources of former days with the operative measures adopted within the last decade, we can recognize the great advances made in surgery of the chest. It is to be noted, however, that many procedures are yet sub judice, and that the appliances that some have resorted to are not to be considered as established processes of relief for troubles in the thoracic cavity. Decided progress has been made in curative measures, yet there is much to be accomplished in fixing finally the rules which shall govern the surgeon in treating the disorders of the chest.
Those who have kept abreast of the literature of thoracic surgery will not be taken by surprise when it is stated that even the mode of dealing with wounds of the parietes of the chest is a mooted point. While the weight of authority is favorable to closing incised
GASTON JM. THE PRESENT STATUS OF THORACIC SURGERY.Read in the Section on Surgery and Anatomy, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association. JAMA. 1893;XXI(9):293–297. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420610005002
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