Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Tuberculosis remains an immensely important worldwide problem; it affects
about one third of the world's population. In many areas tuberculosis is fanned
by coinfection with HIV, which has a devastating effect upon tuberculosis
immunity but does not necessarily interfere with responses to therapy in patients
with susceptible organisms. Tuberculosis remains important in the United States,
but, during the past decade, giant strides have been made to reduce risk and
improve surveillance and control programs in hospitals and for immigrants
reaching our shores. Knowledge of drug susceptibilities and directly observed
therapy (DOT) are responsible for a great deal of this progress. Thus, today,
tuberculosis continues to decline in the United States, and suggestions of
the elimination of tuberculosis from North America persist.
Petty TL. Tuberculosis. JAMA. 2004;291(10):1266-1267. doi:10.1001/jama.291.10.1266-b