The daring boldness and, in some instances, the brilliant success, with which destructive processes within the lungs have been recently attacked by the surgeon lend, together with the inherent importance of the subject itself, an absorbing interest to my theme. The advances made by these pioneers upon a hitherto untrodden field justly challenge the ad
miration of the professional world, and I fear that only adverse criticism awaits any one who attempts to run counter to the now popular current in the management of pulmonary abscesses. Yet the principal object of this communication is to call attention to the well-known, but often illy appreciated fact that, not only a few, but many of these cases recover without an operation, and that, a diagnosis having been made, it does not always follow as a corollary that an external evacuation of the purulent collection is the sole, or, except in rare cases,
WELLS EF. PNEUMONIC ABSCESS. JAMA. 1885;V(25):675–682. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391240003001a
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