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September 5, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(10):261-264. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391090009001b

The coming triumph of antiseptics, if we may hazard a guess, lies in the perfection, or more properly the creation, of the science of pulmonary surgery. I say creation of this branch, because so little has the subject as yet been investigated, that we do not even know at present the most elementary facts in it to any certainty. So few experiments have been made, and so few cases reported, that practically a surgeon who now undertakes an operation upon the lungs has to base his hope of success upon theoretical considerations.

But that on theoretical grounds a large number of cases of diseased lungs could be benefited by surgical treatment were we once assured of its being safe and justifiable, no one will doubt. If, also, operations through the pleuræ are found to be safer than through the peritoneum, we may set out with the hope that a sufficient

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