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March 23, 1907

Pulmonary Phthisis; Its Diagnosis, Prognosis and Treatment.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(12):1055. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520380071027

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In dedicating his book on "Pulmonary Phthisis" to the practicing physician, Thomson evidently recognized that it is not adapted to undergraduates. The facts apparently are all in, but lack systematic arrangement, the author failing to recognize the limitations of the various divisions of his subject with the consequence that one finds diagnosis, prognosis and treatment rather mixed. The book shows a wide and comprehensive view of the subject. The points made in diagnosis, prognosis and treatment are such as may be found in any comprehensive article on tuberculosis; there is a good chapter on specific treatment. Dr. Thomson finds himself rather at variance with the prevailing ideas of super-alimentation and does not recommend more nourishment than for a healthy individual of the same weight; otherwise he is orthodox. An appendix on "Tuberculosis in Childhood" is out of the ordinary and worth careful reading. The general tone of the work is

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