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MALIGNANT TUMOR OF THE LUNG: NECESSITY FOR EARLY OPERATION

HOWARD LILIENTHAL, M.D.
Arch Surg. 1924;8(1):308-316. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1924.01120040319015.
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Interest in the surgery of thoracic infections has brought about great advances in the past few years and the War has taught us much in methods of operating in recent wounds of the chest, and their postoperative management. We feel that standardization in these matters is well on the way, and that it will not be many years before thoracic surgery, recognized as a true specialty, will occupy a position akin to abdominal surgery, both in the indications for operation and in the varieties of recognized technic. Even the mediastinum has yielded to persistent assaults on its secret places, and the surgery of this important space need no longer be complicated by the dangers of pneumothorax and pulmonary collapse. Its most important organ surgically speaking, the esophagus, is still in the background so far as successful results go in the treatment of its disorders, but I feel sure that recent

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