February 22, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(8):276-277. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410080024004

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The curability of pulmonary tuberculosis is an established fact. Yet so small is the percentage of cases in which this fortunate result is attained that one may be excused for taking a pessimistic view of the disease in general, particularly when he contemplates the consumptive poor of our large cities. Jaccoud has set forth admirably the conditions favoring a successful management of this destroyer, and if one will study these he can not but be impressed with the utter hopelessness of their. attainment by the poor. Climatic treatment plays such an important rôle that even consumptives whose means enable them to command every resource may be said to wage a hopeless fight if they remain in their city homes. What, then, awaits the patient who depends for existence on his daily labor, or that of brother or sister earning but a few dollars a week? Even when he can afford

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