100 years of thoracoscopy: historical notes

Respiration. 2011;82(2):187-92. doi: 10.1159/000326066. Epub 2011 Apr 8.


In the historical evolution of thoracoscopy, which was initiated exactly one century ago by Hans Christian Jacobaeus, two distinct periods can be identified: one between 1910 and 1955, characterised by its use for the lysis of pleural adhesions to obtain therapeutic pneumothorax in lung tuberculosis, and the subsequent period which has seen the development of diagnostic applications, principally due to pulmonologists and, after 1990, the start of an exclusively surgical thoracoscopy called video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery or VATS to perform video-assisted interventions.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / diagnosis
  • Lung Diseases / history
  • Thoracoscopy / history*

Personal name as subject

  • Hans Christian Jacobaeus