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TREATMENT OF NONTUBERCULOUS SUPPURATIVE PNEUMONITIS, ABSCESS AND BRONCHIECTASIS

JOHN ALEXANDER, M.D.; WILLIAM W. BUCKINGHAM, M.D.
JAMA. 1930;95(20):1478-1483. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720200014005.
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There exist such widespread pessimism and confusion with regard to the treatment of bronchiectasis, abscess and allied nontuberculous suppurative conditions of the lung that we believe it should be of value to present what we consider the most useful therapeutic procedure in view of our own clinical experience and the opinions of others.

The term "suppurative pneumonitis" has been widely adopted to include the various nontuberculous cavernous and noncavernous pulmonary lesions and their combinations in the same patient. While the term is accurate and in the interest of simplicity, it gives no satisfactory conception of the many different forms in which this disease presents itself, each of which demands highly individualized consideration and flexibility with respect to treatment.

Until relatively recently, accurate diagnosis of the exact character of the lesions of suppurative pneumonitis and the factors that determine their onset and progression or regression have been little understood, and effective

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