In no department of surgery have the advances of the past few years been more signal than in that which pertains to the surgery of the chest. Conditions which, as recently as ten years ago, were considered to be irremediable by any method of treatment or were, perhaps, classed among the hopeless medical cases, have now been transferred to the domains of surgery and surprisingly good results have been obtained. The pericardium and the heart have been invaded; the mediastinum has been employed as an avenue of approach; lesions of the pleura that have previously been considered as hopeless have been brought within the pale and the surgery of the lung has become established on a firm scientific basis.
Perhaps the most fascinating part of chest surgery is that which concerns the lung, since it is here that best results have been obtained. Acute simple abscess of the lung and
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