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This book is by a pediatrician, and later tuberculosis medical officer, who realized that a diversity of opinion existed concerning the relation between childhood and adult tuberculosis, especially with regard to primary infection at various ages in the development of pulmonary tuberculosis. The author's access to a relatively large and carefully examined group of children who had had primary tuberculosis made it possible to contribute to the solution of this problem. He followed these cases over a long period of time, with particular study of the group with primary tuberculosis and erythema nodosum.
In most cases erythema nodosum is so typical that the diagnosis does not present any difficulties. From the various terms designating the initial tuberculous infection, such as primary focus, primary complex and childhood, juvenile, hilar and primary tuberculosis, the latter was selected. Since the initial tuberculous infection may occur in adults as well as in children, the
Course and Prognosis in Primary Tuberculosis with Erythema Nodosum in Children. JAMA. 1950;144(10):883–884. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920100071041