JOHN ALEXANDER, M.D.
Great variability in the clinical behavior of patients with bronchiectasis and the failure of many vaunted methods of treatment have led to widespread confusion concerning the management of this prevalent disease, which is encountered from early childhood to old age and which produces an appalling aggregate amount of disability.
For many years physicians and surgeons longed for the time when the curative operation of lobectomy would be safe, hoping that this would virtually solve the difficult problem of treatment. Lobectomy is now safe but, as only about half of all bronchiectasis patients are suitable for the operation, other methods of
ALEXANDER J. RÔLES OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY IN THE MANAGEMENT OF BRONCHIECTASIS(RÔLES OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY IN THE MANAGEMENT OF BRONCHIECTASIS*). Ann Intern Med. 1944;21:565–579. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-21-4-565
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