April 11, 1914

Early Pulmonary Tuberculosis: Diagnosis, Prognosis and Treatment.

JAMA. 1914;LXII(15):1192. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560400060035

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The author states that his aim has been to produce a "short, cheap book which presents the essential points in the diagnosis, treatment and progncsis of early pulmonary tuberculosis. The book is intended for the general practitioner." Without discussion of questions of etiology or pathology, and without going into minutiae as to diagnostic details or confusing complications, he has stated briefly the essentials of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment, emphasizing the importance of the early diagnosis and calling attention to the many sources of error that so often lead to the overlooking of the disease in its stage of curability. The desire for brevity at times forces him to make dogmatic statements with which one might be inclined to disagree, and we are inclined to think that the effort—perhaps unconscious—to be epigrammatic has occasionally enticed him into an assertion that while forceful is too sweeping, and really demands modification. The chapter

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