Attention has frequently been called to massive collapse of the lung since Pasteur,1 in 1890, reported thirty-four cases, occurring in patients with diphtheritic paralysis of the diaphragm. In 19082 and 1914,3 he made additional reports. In the latter paper he reported sixteen cases of massive collapse among the postoperative complications following 2,000 abdominal operations. In reviewing the 2,000 cases, he found that sixty-five had suffered from postoperative pulmonary complications.
Pasteur found massive collapse of the lung less frequent than pneumonia, bronchitis or pleurisy, but more common than embolism, abscess or pleural effusion.J. R. Bradford,4 in 1920, published an exhaustive report on the subject and analyzed a large number of cases which he had encountered in both military and in civil practice. The clinical information on this subject has been covered by a sufficient number of publications, with especial reference to the condition as it
ABT IA. MASSIVE COLLAPSE OF THE LUNG: REPORT OF CASE IN A BOY AGED TEN YEARS. Am J Dis Child. 1925;30(3):347–354. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1925.01920150063007
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