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The treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis by compression of the diseased lung through artificial pneumothorax has been on trial for over thirty years. Those who first took up this method did not do or report much before the year 1900. Nevertheless, their results keenly interested a number of others, and, from 1900 to 1910, artificial pneumothorax was applied in many cases of pulmonary tuberculosis in Europe and in not a few in America. During the following decade, from 1910 to 1920, pretty generally, workers in tuberculosis consistently employed this mode of treatment.
In judging the permanence of results following the employment of artificial pneumothorax treatment, it is only fair (as in judging results following the usual treatment) to wait, after the completion of the treatment, until a sufficient time has elapsed to prove that the results are permanent.
My own experience with artificial pneumothorax began in 1911. The work has all
BLANCHET SF. TREATMENT OF PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS WITH THE HELP OF ARTIFICIAL PNEUMOTHORAXCONSIDERATION OF END-RESULTS. Arch Surg. 1925;10(1):306–311. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1925.01120100318016
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