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November 1930


Arch Otolaryngol. 1930;12(5):603-607. doi:10.1001/archotol.1930.03570010685005

Knowledge of diseases of the thoracic organs and the application of surgical measures in the treatment for certain of these diseases have made rapid advancement in recent years. Neoplasms of the bronchus and of the lung have not escaped attention, as may be judged from the voluminous literature on this subject, but little progress seems to have been made in the treatment for these growths by external surgical procedures. When the matter is analyzed, the explanation is obvious. First, the vast majority of these cases are not diagnosed until late, and second, the cases that are diagnosed early are usually those in which the growth is seen through the bronchoscope, and, therefore, situated so close to the hilus of the lung as to forbid an attempt at radical removal.

I shall limit my presentation to the surgical aspects of primary malignant neoplasms of the bronchus, without entering into

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