Tailoring lung surgery to preoperative lung function
For 13 years after the first successful pneumonectomy for carcinoma of the lung by Dr. Evarts Graham , pneumonectomy was considered the operation of choice. In 1950, Dr. Edward Churchill , at a meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, presented a series of patients who had undergone lobectomy for carcinoma of the lung. This paper provoked a rash of comments by the leaders of thoracic surgery. I should like to quote some of these to provide a background for this presentation.
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