Surgery in Chest Disease

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A study of a civilian Chest Surgery Centre, showing all the stages from early diagnosis by mass radiography to rehabilitation and final cure. A patient is diagnosed as having cancer of the lung, and the operation for total removal of the lung is shown in detail and with exceptional clarity. The film has been highly praised in the British Medical Press.

Date: 1943
Production: G.B. Instructional
Length: 35 minutes

'More than two thousand British and Allied doctors and surgeons and members of hospital staffs are being invited to see the British Council film, " Surgery in Chest Diseases," at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 4.30 p.m. Doctors and members of hospital staffs requiring tickets should communicate with the Liverpool Medical Institution or the British Council, 1, Basnett Street, Liverpool, 1.'[1]

Made by GBI., 1943 ; owned by British Council ; 16 mm. sound,
1500 ft [450 m.] ; 35 mm. sound, 3780 ft. [1130 m.]; 4 reels ;
black and white ; 40 minutes.

The purpose of this film is to indicate the scope and level of thoracic surgery and collateral services in Britain, and most of the film was made at the Brompton Hospital, London. The main case depicted, a man with cancer of the lung, illustrates a striking advance in surgical practice. An industrial worker, in whom an abnormal shadow at the base of one lung is discovered by miniature radiography, is taken into hospital for investigation. There a broncnoscopy is performed and bronchograms are made. Biopsy confirms the diagnosis of bronchial carcinoma. The reasons for the decision totoperate are clearly explained. The careful preparation of the patient to enable him to stand the operation is shown, as also the choice and administration of the anaesthetic and the technical details of the operation of pneumonectomy. Stages in recovery are indicated in later sequences, including the treatment of a post-operative pleural effusion. The patient is then shown at a later stage convalescing at a hospital in the country, where special rehabilitation measures not only aid his recovery, out retrain him for his old job. The film, as a whole, illustrates the growing importance of special techniques and of team-work in modern medicine. This is a film which should be of interest to any medical audience and particularly to audiences of surgeons.'[2]

  1. ^ British Medical Journal; January 22nd, 1944; p136
  2. ^ British Medical Bulletin; 1945; Vol 5.; p154