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August 22, 1896

ABSCESS OF THE LUNG, WITH REPORT OF SEVEN CASES.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(8):397-402. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430860001001

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Abstract

The subject to which I invite your attention is one of peculiar interest on account of the difficulties surrounding its diagnosis and the brilliant results that not infrequently follow its proper treatment. Abscesses of this variety are either primary or secondary; primary when the direct result of injury or exposure, as for example the entrance of foreign bodies into the air passages or such exposures as often eventuate in pneumonia; secondary when the direct result of some antecedent disease, as for example tuberculosis, pyemia or embolism.

An abscess of the lung may be described as a circumscribed collection of pus within the pulmonary parenchyma. It is usually characterized by pain at times very severe, by chills and fever, and later by the expectoration of a small amount of blood, followed shortly afterward by a considerable quantity of pus which usually escapes within a few hours. As a result of the

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