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November 14, 1885

"SUCCESSFUL CASES OF PULMONARY PHTHISIS" REPORTED BY DR. W. H. GEDDINGS, OF AIKEN, S. C.

JAMA. 1885;V(20):546-547. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391190014004

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Abstract

In the New York Medical Record, of October 3, and 10, 1885, Dr. W. H. Geddings makes a report of thirty-eight cases of pulmonary consumption which are of such interest that we propose to consider them rather critically. They are cited as examples of recovery, and are indeed a most gratifying proof of the fact that pulmonary phthisis is not necessarily a fatal disease. Yet, we think that were one inclined to be captious, he would scarcely regard all of the cases as recovered. However, the decision on this point depends upon the length of time during which there is entire absence of symptoms; which is considered sufficient to constitute recovery, as distinguished from quiescence. Dr. Geddings seems to regard in this light a cessation of all symptoms for two years, since that was the shortest time noted in any of his cases. We have no desire to be hypercritical

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