oa South African Medical Journal - Decortication of the lung*



*A paper read at the South African Medical Congress, Johannesburg, September 1952. A brief historical review of decortication of the lung and its recent return to popularity is presented. The aims of the operation are outlined, and the indications discussed. The applicability of the operation to cases of tuberculosis and mixed empyema is stressed. The investigation of these cases is outlined and the operative technique descriptionbed. A series of 20 cases of decortication of the lung performed at King George V Hospital is presented.


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