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January 23, 1897

The Surgery of the Chest.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(4):185. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440040041019

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This is a timely contribution to the literature of thoracic surgery. The author's interest in the subject is profound and it has led him to produce a monograph that for suggestiveness and at the same time true conservatism has few equals.

We are pleased that Mr. Paget has the courage to state the case fairly against the great mutilations which have lately come into vogue, and to reassert the advantages of the classic Greek practice in cases of empyema.

Full credit is given to our American authors on this subject and indeed it may be fairly claimed that few recent important articles written on this side of the water have escaped him. But little note, however, has been taken of the American or English systematic treatises on general surgery, many of which contain reference to cases, but ancient and medieval literature have been thoroughly examined and modern medical periodicals exhaustively

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