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September 20, 1902

SURGERY OF TUBERCULAR CAVITIES OF THE APEX OF THE LUNG.CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS, DELIVERED BEFORE THE SECTION ON SURGERY AND ANATOMY, AT THE FIFTY-THIRD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AT SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y., JUNE 10-13, 1902.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(12):665-676. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480380001001
Abstract

When I commenced, a year ago, the experimental work intended to be my contribution to our symposium on "Tuberculosis of the Soft Parts," selected for discussion before this section, it was my hope that I should be able to add something of practical and personal importance to the subject in its relation to human lung surgery. Unfortunately, I am obliged to report that I have been unable to induce any patient to submit to the operation of pneumonectomy or pneumonotomy for tuberculous cavities in the lung. Individuals in the early stages, at the time when operation would be most helpful, have naturally declined it, considering it unnecessarily serious; while those seen by me in the later stages have been too far advanced for me to conscientiously recommend operative procedures.

For many years it has been my expectation and hope that we should be able to treat and eradicate local tuber

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