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By C. Timmermann

The 1st entire historical past of lung melanoma from round 1800 to the current day; a narrative of medical professionals and sufferers, hopes and fears, expectancies and frustrations. the place such a lot histories of drugs specialize in growth, Timmermann asks what occurs whilst scientific growth doesn't appear to make a lot distinction.

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Like his friend, the neurosurgeon Wilfred Trotter and many US pioneers of thoracic surgery, and unlike many other contemporary British surgeons, he remained interested in academic research. Back from the conference, Morriston Davies had an X-ray apparatus installed in his research rooms and experimented with using the new equipment for the detection of chest diseases. During this period he also designed his pressurized breathing apparatus and other devices. In fact, much of the article in which he reported the 1912 lobectomy (as one of several cases, treated for different chest conditions), was concerned with the use of X-rays in the diagnosis and of various new devices in the treatment of chest disease.

H. grew increasingly weaker, suffering distress and pain in the left side of the chest and great dyspnoea (shortness of breath), and died on 26 November. ’s death, finding two-thirds of the left lung ‘involved in, and incorporated with’ a large, medullary tumour. Only the fluid oozing from this tumour was examined under the microscope, revealing ‘numerous small nucleated cells’. There is no further discussion of this finding in the report in the Lancet. 57 There was also no clear transition in the terminology that clinicians used in their case reports.

Lung tumours, in contrast, were inside the rib cage and not accessible for routine surgical procedures until well into the twentieth century, as I discuss in the next chapter, when new technologies in anaesthesia and infection control were available, which made such interventions feasible and paved the way for the establishment of the specialty of thoracic surgery. In most lung cancer cases, as we have seen, a tumour was only identified as a cause of chest problems after the patient had died, and this did not change for decades.

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