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December 6, 1985

Dr Webb of Colorado Springs

Author Affiliations

Director, Webb-Waring Lung Institute University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Denver

JAMA. 1985;254(21):3108. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360210124045

The history of the treatment of tuberculosis is one of the most fascinating stories in modern medicine. Today we take moderate short-course chemotherapy for granted and are confident that cure can be achieved in nearly 100% of the patients who take two or three oral medications for approximately nine months, assuming their infective organisms are susceptible. How different it was at the turn of this century when tuberculosis was the most common cause of death in the United States and throughout Europe!

The progress that has reduced tuberculosis to a relatively minor health problem in the United States today (but with some notable exceptions in certain areas of the country) has been the product of the collaboration of many persons and associations trying to find the most efficient means of treating tuberculosis. (By contrast, tuberculosis remains essentially unchallenged as a worldwide health problem.) Gerald Bertram Webb is one of those