During the past sixteen years, the pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, prognosis, complications and therapy of putrid pulmonary abscess have been discussed in detail by the group concerned with thoracic diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital. The clinical picture of acute putrid pulmonary abscess developed by these studies and publications differed in a number of respects from the accepted one. This difference was particularly striking regarding therapy, for it was learned that relatively early surgical unroofing of the abscess effected a rapid cure, prevented the appearance of complications and forestalled the development of bronchial distortions and fibrotic pulmonary changes. The validity of this departure from the previously accepted therapy has been amply proved by the results. Operative drainage of acute putrid pulmonary abscess is becoming accepted as the correct therapeutic approach.
An experience with several hundred cases of acute putrid pulmonary abscess not only has provided an understanding of the more typical or
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