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January 28, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(4):298-299. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500310042006

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So much has been said in recent years of the curability of tuberculosis, if the disease is properly treated in the incipient stage, and of the confidence with which lasting improvement can be looked for, under favorable conditions, even in the more advanced cases, that a very salutary hopefulness has been inspired in both physicians and patients. This is of itself an excellent addition to any method of treatment. Of late, however, there are some signs of a reaction. At times physicians have seen their hopes fail of realization, even though patients have been faithful in following directions and though apparently they have been in the most favorable surroundings for a cure.

This has led many physicians to believe that the merits of the open-air, abundant food treatment are exaggerated, and this, like other methods of treatment, is destined to be a disappointment.

Perhaps the best antidote for this reactionary

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