At the last annual meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery the most important procedures of operating on carcinoma of the esophagus were discussed. We took up the two great chapters of transpleural and mediastinal approach. For tumors low down near the cardia a method of preliminary collapse of the chest and lung also was described and a method of transplanting the diaphragm upward above the tumor and operating abdominally.
As regards operative results, four of our members were able to report recoveries, and one related the case of a patient who lived thirty-nine days after operation. Of the patients with carcinoma of the thoracic esophagus reported at that meeting two were presented at the joint meeting, two months ago, of the New York Surgical Society and the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery in New York. One of these had been operated on by Dr. Eggers, the other by myself.