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A radical change in the diagnosis of lung disease followed the introduction of fiberoptic bronchoscopy. The ability to sample lesions previously unapproachable with the rigid bronchoscope has in many cases obviated the need for thoracotomy and open lung biopsy. But the interpretation of this biopsy material is frequently difficult. Many pulmonary lesions are complex, and the biopsy specimens are small.
Another difficulty has been the lack of textbooks in the field of modern lung pathology. Books are needed that integrate newer facts and concepts with interpretative aspects of endobronchial and transbronchial biopsies, although this void has been partly filled by
Surgical Pathology of Non-Neoplastic Lung Disease.. Ann Intern Med. ;98:695. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-5-695_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(5_Part_1):695.
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