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December 26, 2001

Tuberculosis, HistoryPioneers in Medicine and Their Impact on Tuberculosis

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;286(24):3131. doi:10.1001/jama.286.24.3131

Throughout history, tuberculosis has claimed center stage as a killer of humankind. A century ago, it was a leading cause of death—unfortunately, the day is yet to come when we can put tuberculosis behind us or be far removed from it. It continues to be a significant problem in underdeveloped regions, and the resurgence of drug-resistant tuberculosis poses an ominous threat, even in affluent countries. In this fascinating book, Thomas M. Daniel, MD, emeritus professor of medicine and international health at Case Western Reserve University, takes the reader through the pages of history, recounting the tale of tuberculosis from before the days of Hippocrates to the present.

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