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October 27, 1906


Author Affiliations

Lecturer and Demonstrator of Operative Surgery, Tulane University of Louisiana. NEW ORLEANS.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(17):1367-1368. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210170031002h

By the above title we understand tuberculosis as it presents itself to the surgeon, to that division of the medical body which busies itself with the knife, the brace, the plaster bandage, the rubber constrictor, in other words tuberculosis accessible to external means of therapeusis.

EXTENT OF THE SURGEON'S DOMAIN.  How broad is the field which we are about to survey? What promise does it hold out of opportunity for rendering services of value, for doing work satisfactory to the active and to the passive party?A brief view of some figures bearing on this matter may be of some interest. During the decennium, 1894 to 1903, we find that in the Charity Hospital of New Orleans the prevalence of the pulmonary form, commonly accepted as medical in its aspect, was 4.24 per cent. (42 in 1,000) of the total number of patients admitted for the whites, 9.001 per cent.

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