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History of Thoracic Anesthesiology

  • Ian Conacher
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Abstract

Because of the concern relating to the natural history of pneumothorax, the development of a thoracic surgery discipline comparatively was late. Tuberculosis was the stimulus to overcome concern and caution. Control of contaminating secretions was an early anesthesia objective. Rigid bronchoscopy, lung separation, and positive-pressure ventilation are milestones of significance. Modern materials have enabled considerable advances in essentially early ideas. The anesthesia challenge of surgery of respiratory failure is to counteract the negative effects of positive-pressure ventilation. Surgery for lung cancer remains the bulk of workload.

Keywords

Anesthesiology Thoracic Tuberculosis Lung cancer Lung transplantation Tuberculosis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Conacher
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  1. 1.Department of Cardiothoracic AnesthesiaFreeman HospitalNewcastle upon TyneUK

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