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May 3, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(18):497-498. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390410021012

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Paris, April 4, 1884.

Dr. Debove, one of Professor Seé's most zealous disciples, has implicit faith in the bacillary theory of tuberculosis as propounded by Professor Koch, of Berlin. During the summer session of last year, Dr. Debove was appointed, on the death of Professor Laséque, to fill, pro tem, the chair of Clinical Medicine at " La Pitie " hospital, when he delivered a series of lectures, by which he endeavored to demonstrate the parasitic origin of pulmonary tuberculosis, and the conclusions to be derived therefrom as regards the ætiology, diagnosis, and treatment of this affection. According to Dr. Debove, the bacillus is the characteristic element of the tubercle, which definitively settles the question as to the unity of phthisis; moreover, as this same bacillus is found in the greater part of the lesions which have up till now been put down for scrofulous, it follows that the term scrofula should

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