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Breathing became more and more difﬁcult, and a gurgling sound could be heard now on both sides of the chest. 39 On 27 November she ‘sunk gradually’ and died in the late afternoon. Forty-one hours after her death, Dr Taylor and his colleagues ‘inspected’ her body. They found that the right chest contained about eight ounces of a thickish, dirty grey ﬂuid. 40 About the root of the lung was what Taylor described as ‘a considerable quantity of encephaloid tissue’. 43 Importantly, however, microscopical examination is rather marginal to Walshe’s book, and what there is, is very different from the classiﬁcations we ﬁnd in twentieth century textbooks.
Patients were almost exclusively treated by internists. This was changing, however, with new developments in surgery: the emergence of radical surgical interventions inside the thorax, ﬁrst to treat injuries and later also for tuberculosis, lung cancer and other diseases. This is what I will turn to in the next chapter. 1 Lung cancer in the nineteenth century, as I have argued, had been predominantly a matter for physicians. When Adler’s book was published, opening a patient’s chest was still considered highly risky, if not impossible by most surgeons.
It is obvious that the suffering of the boy, who grew increasingly exhausted, troubled him. But his patient would not take any medicine, and as to subcutaneous injections of morphia, or other local application, it was quite out of the question. 62 On the next morning the boy lost about a pound and a half of bloody liquid from the tumour, and this led to a crisis, his breathing becoming gasping and his pulse turning feeble. ‘Fortunately’, according to Curran, ‘the sensibility had been so numbed by the bleeding as to minimise the suffering’.