Because of the great divergence of opinion in regard to the value of artificial pneumothorax in the treatment of patients with nontuberculous bronchopulmonary infections, and because of the lack of agreement as to how long the treatment should be kept up in order to produce satisfactory results, a discussion of the subject might not be unwelcome at this time.
In an endeavor to arrive at some definite idea as to the actual value of this method of treatment in cases of suppurative infections of the lung, one of us (Balboni) has made an intensive search of the world's literature on this subject covering the last twenty-four years. All the references and abstracts of each report are published with this paper.
It has been a difficult matter to determine just what definite results many authors have obtained, and difficult or impossible to tell in what classification certain of their cases belong.
WHITTEMORE W, BALBONI GM. NONTUBERCULOUS BRONCHOPULMONARY SUPPURATIVE LESIONS: RESULTS OF TREATMENT BY ARTIFICIAL PNEUMOTHORAX. Arch Surg. 1928;16(1):228–278. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1928.01140010232017
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