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November 3, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(18):629-630. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400700017002

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Aneurisms and Tubercle-Bacillus.  —In a paper read before the Académie de Medicine, M. Germain Sée said that he had been struck by the fact, especially since the discovery of the tubercle-bacillus, that patients suffering from aneurism of the aorta often become tubercular, and die of pulmonary phthisis, attended with the formation of cavities, and progressing slowly without fever. This was observed by Stokes, and numberous cases can be found in the records of Pathological Societies. Out of 24 cases of aneurism under his own care, 7 were thus affected with pulmonary tuberculosis. It is now well-known that patients with cardiac affections are not exempt from phthisis. C. Paul has shown the frequent occurrence of phthisis in cases of narrowing of the pulmonary artery. Aortic aneurism must now be considered one of the agents favoring the development of the tubercle-bacillus. In aneurism, from the disturbance of the circulation there is a

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