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JAMA 100 Years Ago
February 4, 1998

HOW WE TREAT CONSUMPTIVES TODAY.

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Edited by Brian P. Pace, MA, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 1998;279(5):342N. doi:10.1001/jama.279.5.342

BY PAUL PAQUIN, M.D.

From the very beginning of the application of antitoxins in diphtheria, tetanus and other infections, it was hoped that it would also be beneficial in tuberculosis, and to that end many investigators have labored faithfully in all parts of the world. . . .

In spite of the beneficial effects of climate and other forms of treatment in vogue, and the vaunted claims of recoveries said to have been produced by a hundred different processes, there seems to be no doubt that sero-therapy, being nature's own remedy in infections, is the most promising. None of the other therapeutic measures used seem to offer so much hope or confidence. A seventh of the population die from the effects of consumption in one form or another, and probably four-fifths of this percentage succumb to the disease affecting the respiratory organs.

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