HELEN A. DICKIE, M.D.
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The rapidly increasing number of case reports indicates that spontaneous mediastinal emphysema is not rare.1-12 Further case reports are essential to establish the frequency. The occurrence of spontaneous mediastinal emphysema, spontaneous pneumothorax and a combination of these two conditions among the students seen at the University of Wisconsin Student Health Service from March 1943 to March 1947 is reported for two reasons: first, because spontaneous pneumothorax is no longer considered a medical rarity and some estimations of its frequency have been recorded; second, and more important, to stress the frequency in which the two conditions are associated. In this way
DICKIE HA. SPONTANEOUS MEDIASTINAL EMPHYSEMA AND SPONTANEOUS PNEUMOTHORAX—A REPORT OF 20 CASES1. Ann Intern Med. ;28:618–629. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-28-3-618
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1948;28(3):618-629.
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