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January 1923

SURGERY OF THE MEDIASTINUM, INCLUDING THE HEART AND ESOPHAGUS: ABSTRACT OF DISCUSSION

Arch Surg. 1923;6(1_PART_II):289-302. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1923.01110170301008

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Abstract

Dr. Edward W. Archibald, Montreal, Canada: Our President remarked that the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis was entering a new phase, with Sauerbruch's posterior extrathoracoplastic operation. It is perhaps the only branch of thoracic surgery with which I feel familiar. I can only say with regard to my own experience, which now numbers fifteen cases, that the results have been very gratifying, on the whole. They approximate those of Sauerbruch, with practical cures of from 25 to 35 per cent. of the patients. It is our duty individually and as a society to make ourselves familiar with this particular branch of thoracic surgery, because I know of no other branch in thoracic surgery which really promises more; not only that, but there is no other branch of surgery in which our duty from the social and economic point of view is more clear. We all felt last year in Toronto when

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