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June 1966

Textbook of Pulmonary Diseases.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(6):837-838. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870120101022

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The past 20 years have seen great advances in the study of the lung and its diseases: the discovery of effective treatment for tuberculosis, the rebirth of pulmonary physiology on this side of the Atlantic; the recognition of smoking as a hazard to the lung; the advances of virology; the study of the hitherto inaccessible pulmonary circulation; the newer methods of studying lung morphology; and the definition, at the bedside, in the autopsy room, but mostly in the pulmonary function laboratory, of the various patterns of lung dysfunction. Of equal importance, and certainly as a reflection of some of these discoveries, the training of the chest physician has undergone a radical change. Whereas the majority of the older generation of chest physicians acquired their knowledge in tuberculosis sanatoria, the modern aspirant is likely to have had little experience with tuberculosis, and is almost certain to have spent at least some

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