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November 1941

BRONCHOSCOPIC ASPECTS OF BRONCHIECTASIS

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PHILADELPHIA

Arch Otolaryngol. 1941;34(5):999-1013. doi:10.1001/archotol.1941.00660041073011
Abstract

There is much yet to be learned about bronchiectasis, and bronchoscopic examination is not the least important of the methods for investigation and study of this disease. The direct inspection of the diseased tissues and the observation of the effect of the disease process on the normal function of the bronchi have added much to the knowledge of the etiology, pathology, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure of bronchiectasis. I should like to repeat "cure" of bronchiectasis, because it is my belief that in many cases proper medical care with bronchoscopic aid will arrest the development of the disease in the early stages, while the process is still reversible. The facts that bronchiectasis develops slowly, that gradual dilatation of the bronchi occurs as the infection progresses and that the obstructing secretions, together with the expulsive efforts necessary to rid the bronchi of them, are important factors in the dilatation and in

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