ROBERT F. DONOHOE, M.D.; SOL KATZ, M.D., F.A.C.P.; MARY J. MATTHEWS, M.D.
The inability of the physician to establish rapidly and accurately the etiology of pleurisy with effusion has been recognized for many years. As a result of experience, based mainly on observation, coupled with a statistical analysis of the results of the more commonly accepted diagnostic technics, certain adages and rules of thumb have become axiomatic. In general, these assumptions have withstood years of bombardment in from 70 to 80% of the cases, but the application of these principles to the remaining 20 to 30% has occasionally been associated with increases in morbidity and mortality. Recently, with the introduction of
DONOHOE RF, KATZ S, MATTHEWS MJ. PLEURAL BIOPSY AS AN AID IN THE ETIOLOGIC DIAGNOSIS OF PLEURAL EFFUSION: REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE AND REPORT OF 132 BIOPSIES1. Ann Intern Med. ;48:344–362. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-48-2-344
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1958;48(2):344-362.
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