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May 1943

Bronchiectasis: Pathogenesis, Pathology and Treatment.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1943;71(5):739. doi:10.1001/archinte.1943.00210050159015

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This splendid monograph is the result of a painstaking study of 110 cases of bronchiectasis. A review of the anatomy and the physiology of the bronchi precedes the chapter devoted to theories of the genesis of bronchiectasis. Studies of the lesions encountered follow. The pathogenesis, the clinical aspects and the treatment are then considered in the order given.

The thesis elaborated throughout is that etiologically bronchiectasis is bacterial infection involving the bronchi and the adjacent parenchyma of the lung—it is not merely a dilatation of the bronchial tubes. In the vast majority of these cases it was a sequela of bronchopneumonia in childhood but in many it was produced by other infections, including those resulting from bronchial occlusion.

The book is printed on excellent paper; the illustrations are well selected and well reproduced. There is an extensive bibliography. The reviewer unhesitatingly recommends this work to all clinicians and students of

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