GERALD B. WEBB
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Tuberculosis in any part of the body is generally considered to be a medical disease. Surgical intervention then is a confession of failure on the part of the physician. At present tuberculosis of a single kidney is the only condition that physicians instantly submit to operation. Chisholm's complete cauterization operation for rectal fistula is doubtless a surgical success. So-called surgical tuberculosis is, strictly speaking, not surgical. Tuberculous joints are treated by rest, by splinting and by sun therapy. For the most part tuberculous lymph nodes, tuberculous testicles, and tuberculous intestines, are not operated; a tuberculous larynx is treated by a
WEBB GB. General Considerations of the Rôle of Surgery in Pulmonary Tuberculosis1. Ann Intern Med. 1930;4:372–375. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-4-4-372
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1930;4(4):372-375.
Infectious Disease, Mycobacterial Infections, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Pulmonary/Critical Care.
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