At the last meeting of this Association, in Denver, Dr. J. B. Murphy, in his oration on "Surgery of the Lung," called attention to the principles which underlie the healing of tuberculosis in general, and more particularly as they apply to the healing of foci of this disease in the lung. He referred to the statistics of Osler, Bollinger, Massini and Harris, who found evidence of old tuberculosis in from 7.5 to 39 per cent. of those who died from other causes than tuberculosis. It will be seen that this exceeds the percentage of deaths due to tuberculosis. From a careful consideration of conditions that enhance and favor healing of pulmonary tuberculosis, such as frequent cure of the disease, when it becomes complicated with serous pleurisy, empyema or pneumothorax, either natural or artificial, and the retraction of the chest wall that results from contraction of the diseased lung which goes
LEMKE AF. REPORT OF CASES OF PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS, TREATED WITH INTRAPLEURAL INJECTIONS OF NITROGEN, WITH A CONSIDERATION OF THE PATHOLOGY OF COMPRESSION OF A TUBERCULOUS LUNG. JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(16):959–963. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450680027001h
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