Thoracoscopy before Jacobaeus

Ann Thorac Surg. 2002 Oct;74(4):1288-90. doi: 10.1016/s0003-4975(02)03676-7.


In 1910 Jacobaeus described a procedure to which he referred as "Thorakoskopie." As a consequence, he is credited with having been the first to undertake an endoscopic exploration of the thorax. However, a published report by Gordon demonstrates that thoracoscopy was performed about 50 years earlier. Additionally in French, at least, the term "thoracoscopie" was well known long before Jacobaeus, although perhaps with a different meaning.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Europe
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Thoracoscopes / history
  • Thoracoscopy / history*

Personal name as subject

  • Francis Richard Cruise