Historical Survey

  • Michael Bates


It is accepted universally that the first successful removal of a proven bronchial carcinoma was performed by Morriston Davies (Fig. 1) in 1912 and reported the following year. In the short intervening period of 70 years since the date of that operation, bronchial carcinoma has changed from a rare disease into one which has become the scourge of the modern world. Most of this increase has occurred during the last 50 years; thus in his book on Surgery of the Thorax written in 1933, Holmes Sellors was able to state that ‘true pulmonary cancer is rare’ and devoted only two pages to the pathology and X-ray appearances.


Small Cell Carcinoma Bronchogenic Carcinoma Nitrogen Mustard Historical Survey Bronchial Carcinoma 
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