At the outset we showed that the orthodox thoracoplasty frequently failed to close large cavities due, in many cases, to partial re-expansion of the collapsed lung. Despite the advances of pulmonary resection, many cases of extensive disease with cavitation will still require surgical collapse therapy. The extrafascial pneumothorax or oleothorax promises well as a means of improving the results of such surgery in these cases. Several of its advantages are discussed above.
*The following clinical note is offered by the Medical Officers of the Vanderbijl Park Medical Fund in the full realization that it is only a 'clinical note'. It is hoped, however, that it will stimulate discussion in the Journal on the recent influenzal epidemic throughout South Afnca. It is offered, also, as an earnest token of their intention in tile future to present to the profession more fully documented and more scientfic reviews than is possible at present. The co-ordinated team of general practitioners, of specialists and of laboratory technicians, is nearing formation. We hope that it will become a CLinic of which the Association may be proud.