Keeping in mind the fact that most of you are engaged in the active practice of our profession and that you, therefore, come in constant contact with tuberculous patients, who do not so much care how and why they acquired their disease or fail to improve and recover, as they want to be treated and cured of it, we have believed it proper to select for our subject a practical and important side of the therapeutics of tuberculosis, a part of phthisiotherapy which has been for almost twenty years the subject of much controversy and research, and which forms the most recent and by no means the least important one of our resources in treating tuberculosis. We refer to specific medication, and understand by that term the treatment of tuberculosis by means derived from the specific virus responsible for the disease or from its products.
Most of you will remember the excitement
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