Few subjects in all medicine have received such thorough study in our time as tuberculosis. Current methods in the treatment of its pulmonary form average better than those of old. Results show this fact. The tuberculosis mortality has been reduced in less than three decades by probably 29 per cent. of the former figure, or from 14.25 to 10 per cent. of all deaths. These results are not accidental, but are clearly due more to the better management of the pulmonary form than to any other influence.
The disease is still one of the most appalling of the list. It attacks probably half of all the people at some time in their lives, and it destroys a tenth of them finally, and it deserves the best thought of all physicians.
If the best methods of treatment now are better than those of the last century, we should logically
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