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December 11, 1937

THE LASTING CURE OF EARLY PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS

JAMA. 1937;109(24):1949-1952. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780500005002
Abstract

There are seven reasons for directing attention again to the early tuberculous lesion and its cure; to wit:

The nature of the early lesion is better understood now than ever before.

The time of life when the lesion is most likely to appear is more clearly defined.

The methods of diagnosing its presence have been developed and perfected.

The subsequent behavior of the early lesion and the ways of its healing or advancement are better known.

Most disabling and fatal tuberculosis originates in this lesion.

Knowledge of the methods of treatment and their proper selection and application is more accurate and reliable.

The far reaching and vastly superior results of proper and timely treatment of the early lesion are firmly established.

Today, as in previous decades, from 60 to 70 per cent, at least, of all tuberculous patients in this country are in an advanced stage of the disease when

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