JOHN D. STEELE, M.D.
The use of antimicrobial agents has changed appreciably the role of surgery and also the choice of surgical procedures in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. Because antimicrobial agents alone control many lesions, some of the less effective surgical and collapse procedures have been discarded, whereas others have become more effective when used in conjunction with chemotherapy. Concomitant improvements in surgical technic have also contributed to the change.
It is interesting to compare the various methods used in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis 20 years ago with those in use today. Twenty years ago, strict bed-rest was the foundation for all
STEELE JD. THE INDICATIONS FOR SURGERY IN PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;50:51–61. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-50-1-51
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1959;50(1):51-61.
Infectious Disease, Mycobacterial Infections, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Pulmonary/Critical Care.
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