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It is a source of pleasure to state in the words of an authority, Solis Cohen, that tuberculosis of the lungs is a curable disease. This authority, however, believes that the statement must be considerably modified with reference to the outcome of every case. We all realize from painful experience how utterly inefficient were our past resources in the arrest of these cases. There is no disease within the realm of medicine that gives the physician more prolonged and painful anxiety, because, in the first place, it is a pathologic process, generally occupying a lengthened period of time, whether in the direction of recovery or death; and in the second place, because we can not weigh in the balance the amount of potential energy possessed by the victim and the degree of vitality of the invading bacilli. We are thus surrounded by a cloud of uncertainty.
It may be well
OWEN WE. GENERAL AND SPECIAL TREATMENT OF TUBERCULOSIS.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(2):66–68. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430540018002e