In evaluating the ultimate results attained in the surgical treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis, the vast majority of authors have based their opinions on statistics showing the proportion of patients who have recovered, improved, remained unchanged or died. While the number of cases reported statistically has, on the whole, been ample, it appears that most authoritative investigators have not felt completely convinced that their statistics were entirely conclusive regarding the value of this mode of treatment. This is clearly seen from the writings of Sauerbruch, John Alexander and others. Few authors have given adequate details of a long series of cases, describing the clinical history of each patient before and after the operative procedure.
As the statistical results attained by this form of treatment at the Montefiore Hospital—and what is more important our impression as practicing physicians regarding the benefit to the individual patient— differ drastically from those reported from other