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The work is divided into two parts, general and special. In the first part are considered the apparatus and instruments used, the preliminary preparation of the patient and the general technic of operating. The various devices which have been invented to permit respiration and anesthetization to be carried on when the chest cavity is open are illustrated and described and the advantages and disadvantages of each clearly set forth. As is well known, one of the authors, Sauerbruch, is the inventor of one of the devices and therefore favors the large operating chamber in which the patient is placed and in which the operator and his assistants work. The pressure in the chamber is diminished until the lung remains expanded when the chest is opened.
The other devices mentioned are so constructed as to permit the patient to breathe air under increased pressure so that the lung is kept distended.
Technik der Thoraxchirurgie. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(5):367. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260020051028
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