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November 5, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(19):1398. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500190050005

Many of the problems connected with the transmission of tuberculosis have been restudied as a result of the papers of Koch and von Behring. The former discussed the relation between human and bovine tuberculosis, the latter, the milk transmission of the disease, and both departed so radically from accepted beliefs that their declarations have led to attacks on many cognate aspects of the problem. The paper of von Behring necessitated, among other things, a belief in the old view of von Baumgarten that tubercle bacilli may remain latent in the body for years and subsequently give rise to tuberculosis. This view primarily arose from the fact that the supporters of the inheritance of the germ theory were constantly confronted with the small number of cases of congenital tuberculosis, which rendered a belief in the latency of the germ a logical necessity for them. Notwithstanding the fact that so few cases

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