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December 1929

DEMONSTRATIONS OF EXPERIMENTAL WORK IN THE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: 4. EXPERIMENTAL ABSCESS OF THE LUNG FOLLOWING LIGATION OF THE PULMONARY ARTERY AND INCISION AND SUTURE OF THE PULMONARY PARENCHYMA

Author Affiliations

ST. LOUIS
From the Department of Surgery, Washington University and Barnes Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1929;19(6):1586-1594. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1929.01150060648035
Abstract

We hesitate to add further to the literature which concerns itself with the theory concerning the development of abscess of the lung. In attempting to attack this problem from various angles, many investigators have often disregarded striking clinical observations and facts; this is an endeavor to discover a method which when perfected would carry with it a guarantee of producing an abscess of the lung in practically every instance. By so doing they have endeavored to prove that certain postoperative complications, as for example, abscess of the lung, always result from a single mechanism. Others have gone further and have concluded that a given mechanism always operates and is common to other postoperative pulmonary sequelae. Such mechanically perfect experiments naturally add considerable weight to the explanation of how such conditions develop and point out how in many instances their occurrence may best be avoided. Such a simplification, although most desirable,

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