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May 1939

The Collapse Therapy of Pulmonary Tuberculosis.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;63(5):1014. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00180220204018

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Strictly, the title of this book is a misnomer. The author, together with the contributors, not only has considered those procedures which involve collapse of the lung but has completely covered the field of surgical treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. The operative procedures are considered in the following order: paralysis of the phrenic nerve, scaleniectomy and scaleniotomy, pneumothorax, intrapleural pneumonolysis, oleothorax, paralysis of intercostal nerves, extrapleural pneumonolysis, subperiosteal and subcostal pneumonolysis, thoracoplasty, surgical drainage of the pulmonary cavity and surgical treatment of tuberculous empyema and tuberculosis of the thoracic wall. Each of the procedures is considered in detail. The indications and contraindications, the surgical technic, the preoperative and the postoperative care and the complications are discussed carefully and at length. When multiple operations are necessary the order and time of their performance are carefully set out.

Excellent photographs and drawings are used liberally, and equally good roentgen reproductions are most helpful.

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