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 specialise in growth, Timmermann asks what occurs while clinical development doesn't appear to make a lot distinction.
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56 H. had been feeling ill for 15 weeks and attributed this illness to hard training for a rowing match. First he had felt ‘merely uneasiness about the chest and shortness of breath’, but later he began to cough up blood. The physical examination on admission revealed the symptoms we already encountered in other cases: unusual sounds in some places of the chest and the absence of respiratory murmurs in others. H. remained in hospital until mid October, by which time he also suffered occasional fainting ﬁts.
67 Like Laennec, Louis was a well-known teacher and attracted many students from overseas who introduced his methods, for example, to Britain, where they met with a Victorian society fascinated by classiﬁcation and statistics. 68 Cancer, to be sure, was not among Farr’s main concerns. Like most ‘sanitarians’ of the mid nineteenth century, he was more concerned with highly visible disease events such as cholera epidemics or the big killer, tuberculosis. During his tenure at the GRO, Farr collaborated with other pioneers of medical statistics, such as John Snow or Florence Nightingale.
Ivan Magill, for example, consultant anaesthetist to the Brompton Hospital from 1921 to 1950, worked closely with the hospital’s surgeons during this phase of rapid expansion. The increasingly important role played by Magill or fellow anaesthetist Michael Nosworthy at St Thomas’s Hospital, illustrates the shift of focus away from the lone, heroic surgeon to the surgical team. Magill developed new methods of intubation and artiﬁcial ventilation that were to become essential to modern chest surgery, as they allowed the selective ventilation of one lung, while the other was operated on.
A History of Lung Cancer: The Recalcitrant Disease by C. Timmermann