An inquiry into the etiology, pathology & clinical features of thoracic aneurysms
Hardy, Francis Alexander
I have taken up the question of Thoracic Aneurysm:, partly because of its intrinsic interest importance, and partly because I have had somewhat exceptional. opportunities of studying the subject.The differential diagnosis of Aneurysm from other morbid Thoracic conditions is sometimes excessively difficult, and requires the utmost skill and diligence, before one can come to a definite conclusion; but at the same time one cannot exaggerate its importance, for it is upon the accuracy of this diagnosis that the treatment must necessarily be based and the prognosis he determined.My attempt here will be to discuss the subject in as concise a manner as possible, and to base my conclusions largely on my own observations in Hospital Wards, and in the Post Mortem room, modified to some extent by the opinions of recognised authorities in this and other countries. I may add that many of the cases hereafter referred to in the (2) tabulated lists have been obtained from the Clinical and Post Mortem records of the London Hospitals, while not a few described in more detail have corne under my own personal observation.