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August 3, 1912

Detecting Tubercle Bacilli—A Possible Source of Error

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Gretna, Neb.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(5):386. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080068031

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To the Editor:  —With reference to a communication of Dr. Fine in The Journal (July 20, p. 213), on "A Simple Method for Detecting Tubercle Bacilli in Sputum," I wish to call attention to a possible source of error.There are several acid-fast bacilli which require special management in differentiation. This statement does not make it clear that these extraneous factors were taken into consideration. From Dr. Fine's method I believe that differentiation must chiefly be made from the hay bacillus.

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