So-called benign, idiopathic, spontaneous pneumothorax has been recognized more and more frequently during the past two or three decades. Inasmuch as this is chiefly an illness of apparently healthy, young males, it is not infrequent in the armed forces. In 1943, there were 873 hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of spontaneous pneumothorax in the Army in the continental United States.1 The treatment in common usage consists of bed rest and mild sedation. The average length of hospitalization in the army cases quoted above was 40 days per person.
In addition to the above conservative treatment, other methods have been
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