Medicine: Tuberculosis Progress

Five tuberculosis conventions† met simultaneously in Chicago last week. Three dramatic new developments were reported in the fight against the disease which still takes nearly 60,000 lives a year in the U.S.:

Lung Operations. Most dramatic is the removal of whole lungs (pneumonectomy) or parts of lungs (lobectomy)—a drastic operation which sometimes completely extirpates the disease. This operation was once so hazardous (about 35% mortality) that it was used only in otherwise hopeless cases. But Drs. Richard Overholt and Norman Wilson of Boston told the American Trudeau Society that the technique has...

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