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March 8, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(10):345-346. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410100021002

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The Influence of the Prevailing Epidemic upon Tuberculosis.  —Dujardin-Beaumetz calls attention to the fact that Grad formerly considered the influenza as a dangerous disease, more dangerous even than cholera. In view of the fact that the present epidemic has doubled or even trebled the general mortality, he believes that considerable importance should be attributed to this statement. He himself has observed a curious fact which he is quite unable to explain, viz.: that there are more than twice as many deaths among men as among women. Is it possible that this is because tuberculosis is more common among men than among women? He does not attempt to settle this question, but believes that the hypothesis finds support in facts noted by authors, especially at the present time, that the grippe is nearly always fatal to tubercular patients, the mortality among them having been considerably increased during this epidemic. The author

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