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THE SURGICAL TECHNIC OF TOTAL PNEUMONECTOMY

WILLIAM FRANCIS RIENHOFF Jr., M.D.
Arch Surg. 1936;32(2):218-231. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1936.01180200028002.
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Since the publication two years ago of the operative technic employed in the total removal of the lung,1 changes have been made from time to time not only in the actual surgical procedure but also in the preoperative preparation of the patient, in the method of administration and the type of anesthesia and in the postoperative care and observation. In this report only brief reference will be made to other than the actual surgical technic. It should be stated, at the outset, that the series of cases from which my impressions have been deduced, though relatively large, is actually small, so that definite conclusions cannot be drawn at this time, and it is preferable that the experiences to be related should be regarded for the time being as suggestions, as the surgical treatment of diseases of the lung is still in its infancy. That total pneumonectomy has passed the

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