This is the first of a series of monographs dealing with thoracic surgical problems. Radical surgical extirpation is stressed as the treatment of choice in neoplasms of the lung; however, no such specific therapy can be recommended regarding inflammatory lesions of the lung. Specific indications for removal of a lung, lobe, or segment still differ. It is important, nevertheless, to standardize techniques for such procedures before results can be properly evaluated according to the test of time. The author has also included short, terse sections on diagnosis, indications, and preoperative and postoperative care; these factors cannot be thoroughly separated from operative technique.
Only one of such great experience and unusual technical skill could state that a standardized technique of pulmonary resection does not exist. Techniques are altered by the temperament and dexterity of the surgeon as well as by the numerous physiological anomalies that continually plague, yet stimulate, him. The