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Massive Collapse (Atelectasis) of the Lung, With a Case Report

Ann Intern Med. 1930;3(10):1024-1034. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-3-10-1024
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History. While W. Pasteur (1 2 3) has been given credit for first describing massive pulmonary collapse as it is now understood, a review of the literature reveals the fact that the study of this condition in the first half of the nineteenth century gave rise to much discussion, usually under the term "carnification" of the lung. There seemed to be considerable confusion with reference to the relation of this condition to pneumonia and fetal atelectasis. Not until 1844 did Legendre and Bailey4 establish by postmortem studies the identity of congenital atelectasis and acquired massive collapse. No doubt stimulated by



lung ; atelectasis

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