LOUIS HAMMAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Spontaneous pneumothorax has become a well established clinical condition. The characteristic features are the sudden occurrence of pneumothorax in apparently healthy persons, which clears up uneventfully, and is not accompanied by pleural exudate, by fever, or by other constitutional symptoms. It occurs chiefly in early adult life, more often in men than in women.
Thirty years ago when spontaneous pneumothorax first began generally to be recognized, it was thought to be a symptom of pulmonary tuberculosis. Even though the presence of tuberculosis could not be demonstrated still the pneumothorax was looked upon as a precursor of manifest tuberculosis, just as
HAMMAN L. A NOTE ON THE MECHANISM OF SPONTANEOUS PNEUMOTHORAX1. Ann Intern Med. ;13:923–927. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-13-6-923
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1939;13(6):923-927.
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