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September 13, 1952

Diagnostic and Experimental Methods in Tuberculosis

JAMA. 1952;150(2):164. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680020098025

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The first edition appeared in 1928 under the title of "Laboratory Diagnosis and Experimental Methods in Tuberculosis," with an introduction by Allen K. Krause, who stated that, in spite of the availability of efficient methods, "there was much to be desired in the way of diagnosis." He observed, "Where we are lacking is in performance." Since then performance has improved, but too slowly, and there is still too great a lag in diagnosis. This edition has been almost completely rewritten as a result of advances, particularly in diagnostic methods and chemotherapy, and gives adequate and representative information on essential features of the laboratory approach to tuberculosis. The book gives minimal basic knowledge and historic background for tests and methods, placing them in perspective, and at the same time giving them practical value. There is a brief treatise on the secretions, excretions, and fluids of the tuberculous body, a section on

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