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February 19, 1955


Author Affiliations

Medical Director Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium 5601 N. Pulaski Rd. Chicago.

JAMA. 1955;157(8):679. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950250053019

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To the Editor:—  I would like to call attention to some inaccuracies in an editorial entitled "Management of Tuberculosis" on page 1502 of The Journal of Dec. 18, 1954. I believe that these inaccuracies present a misleading picture of current trends in tuberculosis management. The editorial refers to an article by R. A. Goodwin in the Annals of Internal Medicine for August, 1954, and purports to discuss his statements on the modern management of tuberculosis. The editorial states, "Although pneumothorax fell into disrepute because of the danger of empyema, bronchopleural fistula, unexpandable lung, or loss of pulmonary function due to thickening of the pleura, its use, preceded by two or three weeks of antimicrobial drugs, is being revived and administration of the drugs continued along with the pneumothorax." In Goodwin's article, the following statement appears: "In current practice, the use of pneumothorax has almost disappeared." Goodwin's statement is accurate, whereas

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