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February 24, 1912

PATHOLOGY AND TREATMENT OF TUBERCULOSIS OF THE BONES AND JOINTS

Author Affiliations

Ed. Surgeon, Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children; Surgeon, Chalmers Hospital EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(8):527-534. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260020211001
Abstract

I am sorry to say that Scotland is in the unenviable position of possessing, perhead of the population, a greater proportion of surgical tuberculosis than is to be found in most countries, and as I have been Surgeon to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children for the past twelve years, I have had exceptional opportunities of studying the pathology and treatment of bone and joint tubercle.

Since Koch read his memorable paper at the International Medical Congress held in London in 1901, when he made the statement that "the bacillus of human tuberculosis was incapable of producing tuberculosis in bovines," and "the bacillus of bovine tubercle was to be considered as practically incapable of transmission to man, and that consequently the danger of contracting phthisis from the milk or meat of tuberculous bovines need no longer be guarded against," the relationship of these two forms of tuberculosis has formed

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