Surgical operations are painful, and doctors experiencing the suffering that they inflict will undoubtedly be more concerned with the postoperative welfare of their patients. Graphic accounts of the pain of thoracic surgery have been described and in particular the dread of the arrival of the physiotherapist (Donald 1976; Gallon 1982). It therefore behoves all medical practitioners to alleviate pain whenever possible, and the control of postoperative pain is a major problem to the thoracic surgeon and his staff.
KeywordsEpidural Analgesia Epidural Space Intercostal Nerve Intermittent Positive Pressure Ventilation Bronchial Carcinoma
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