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I am not on the program and have no prepared paper, but I have a few slides I can show and add some comments, so that, in the absence of Dr. Stuart Pritchard, the medical side of the problem may not be left altogether without a representative.
The thoracic surgeon is seldom the first, and may be even the fourth, diagnostician in these cases. The first, and usually a poor one, is the man himself. If conditions become serious, he calls the family physician, who, in turn may consult with a sanatorium physician of more specialized experience, and still later the surgeon may be called in. If any such order as this is followed, the surgeon sees the fewer patients with the most severe condition; the famaily physician a much larger, and, on the average, less troublesome, number, while perhaps most patients are allowed to develop a more or less
STEWART DA. SEPTIC CONDITIONS OF THE CHEST: ETIOLOGY AND DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS. Arch Surg. 1927;14(1):203–205. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1927.01130130207011
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